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Luo han, Luo han Guo, La han qua, Longevity fruit
There are many legends and tales about the origins and uses of Monk Fruit. The most popular stories say that it originated in the fabled mountains of Guilin, in Guangxi Province, China. Monk fruit belongs to the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family, along with pumpkin, squash, melons, and cucumbers.
Many legends tell of the fruit being named after the Buddhists Monks that first cultivated and used it back in the 13th century. It was prized for its sweetness and healing properties and was brewed into tonics to use to treat symptoms of congestion, inflammation, coughing, sore throat, reducing fever, and stomach ailments.
The botanical name honours Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, who was the president of the National Geographic Society in 1930’s and funded an expedition to China to find where the plant was being grown and cultivated. Research started on the medicinal properties, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that research began to focus on the sweetness and longevity properties of the fruit. Amazingly, monk fruit is more than 200 times sweeter than sugar and has virtually zero calories making it ideal to sweeten food and drinks and suitable for diabetics to consume.
Laboratory studies of monk fruit (S. grosvenorii) have identified the presence and actions of a group of triterpene glycosides known as mogrosides. They have been found to provide powerful antioxidant activity and health benefits.
These mogrosides are numbered I-VI with mogroside V being the most abundant and the sweetest. The other bioactive mogrosides are mogrosides IA1 and IIE, mogroside IIIE, mogroside IVa, iso-mogroside V, 11-oxomogroside V, and siamenoside I.
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