Luo Han Guo refers to the fruit of Siraitia grosvenori, formerly called Momordica grosvenori, a member of the Curcubitaceae.
Luohanguo is primarily grown in southern China, mainly in Guangxi Province, with most of the product from the mountains of Guilin. The steep mountains provide shade and they are frequently surrounded by mists that further protect against excessive sun, yet the temperature in this southern province is warm. The wild plant is rare, thus luohanguo has been cultivated in the region for many years.There are descriptions of its cultivation in the area dating back to 1813. During the Tang Dynasty, Guilin was a major Buddhist retreat area with many temples.
The fruit (guo, a term used mainly for gourd-like fruits) is named after the luohan, which are advanced Buddhist practitioners (see classic painting of some luohan, left; in India, they are called arhats)
The story told in China is that knowledge of this fruit first emerged from monks who were using it during the 13th Century. Due to its limited natural growing area (mainly mountain sides in Guangxi and Guangdong; to a much lesser extent, in Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Hainan Island), and difficulty in cultivating it successfully, this fruit did not enter the general herb tradition of China, which depended on more abundant products. So, it is not mentioned in the traditional herb guides.
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|Chinese Name||罗汉果(luó hàn guǒ)|
|Other Names||Fruit of Siraitia Grosvenori, Momordica grosvenori,Siraitia|
|Teaware||Gaiwan(Covered Bowl), Glass Pot, Glass(Tumbler), Piao Yi Tea Maker|
|Steeping Instructions||Take 1 piece of fruit, cover with water, simmer, and drink the liquid.|
|Storage||Seal tightly, store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and odour.|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Packing & Weight||1 piece/bag|
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