the fruits are harvested, they are dried and through a process of clear
water extraction, a powder is extracted from them. This contains luo
han guo's main glycoside, called "mogroside",
which is approximately
sweeter than sugar. The powder can be used for sweetening
teas and soups.
the peel and seeds are removed, the fruit's pulp
can be used as well, although its shelf life is obviously much shorter.
Unwanted flavors are removed from the pulp by adding solvents.
Aside from its sweet taste, the fruit is known to have medicinal
values. For centuries it has been used in Asian teas as a
sore throats and pneumonia, and also against sunstroke and fevers
because of its cooling effects.
it has virtually no calories and
its glycemic index is low, luo han guo extract is an excellent
sweetener for diabetics, and those looking to lose weight.
has suggested that the fruit is an antioxidant
and is beneficial for
preventing cancer or even helping to treat cancer in early stages.
Chinese natives believe that "the monk's fruit" as they call it, plays
a big part in their renowned longevity.
are a number of well-respected brands that offer Luo Han Guo as a
sweetener. NuNaturals carries a liquid
lo han extract,
and a powdered extract is also available
that has some good reviews.