Monday, 23 July 2007

Lo Han Guo

Mark Isaac Thyss over at “Garden of Healing” talks about Lo Han Guo:

Luo han guo is a very sweet fruit found in Southern China. It is low-calorie and extracts of it are now being marketed as a sweetener.

The fruit extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used as a natural sweetener in China for nearly a millennium due to its flavor and lack of food energy. It has also been used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Lo han guo is a vine cultivated in special gardens cleared in the mountain forests. The plant is rarely found in the wild and has been cultivated for hundreds of years.
The “300 times sweeter than sugar” sounds a bit like stevia, doesn't it? I wonder where I can find this fruit…

Update: See also the entry about Siraitia grosvenorii.