Monk Fruit (Lo Han Guo)
Botanical Name: Siraitia grosvenorii, Momordica grosvenori.
Known as the “immortal’s fruit” in China, monk fruit is highly nutritious and full of non-sugar natural sweeteners. It treats diabetes, prevents cancer, heart disease, and supports immune function.
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Western Name: Monk Fruit
Also Known As: Buddha Fruit, Lohan Kuo, Rakanka, Arhat Fruit
Organs/Systems: Respiratory, Immune, Cardiovascular
Key Actions: Anti-aging, Anticancer, Antidiabetic, Antimicrobial, Antitussive, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Mild Laxative, Antihistamine, Expectorant
Medicinal Uses: Diabetes, weight loss, cancer, lung infections, lower cholesterol, coughs, whooping cough, acute bronchitis, sore throat, constipation, heart disease, arthritis.
Pin Yin: Lo Han Guo (“Arhat Fruit”)
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Large Intestine, Lung
Key Actions: Clears Heat, Moistens the Lungs, Supports Yin, Stops Coughs, Longevity Tonic, Dissipates Nodules, Moistens the Intestines
Medicinal Uses: Diabetes, coughs, coughs with excessive yellow phlegm, whooping cough, acute bronchitis, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, tonsillitis, scrofula, constipation, allergies, acute gastritis, longevity, weight loss, heart health, immune function, prevent cancer, insomnia, depression, prevent kidney failure.
Basic Habitat / Botany:
Monk fruit is a perennial climbing vine in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. Young stems are covered with white pubescence and red granular hairs. Older stems are dark purple. Alternate leaves are ovoid with an acute apex and cordate base. The flowers bloom from June to August and fruit from August to October.
Monk fruit is native to Northern Thailand and Southern China. It likes shady, misty mountainous regions in warm climates.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Ripe Fruit
Flavors/Temps: Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Acid, Cold
Caution: The ripe fruit is considered safe, however, the unripe berries and leaves are highly toxic and in rare cases, even fatal if ingested. High doses can be an abortifacient.
Key Constituents: Physalin, Cryptoxanthin, Carotenoids, Solanine Protein, Vitamin A, B1, B3, B2, C, E, and K, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium, Fiber, Sodium, Phosphorus, Lutein, Rhodopsin, Hystonin
History/Folklore: Native to the Peruvian and Chilean highlands, physalis has been cultivated by the Incas as far back as 4,000 years. The fruit has long been a part of South American cuisine. The name “physalis” comes from the Ancient Greek word for bladder, referring to the bladder-like appearance of the fruit’s husk. The fruit is safe but the other parts of the plant are highly toxic–although they can be sometimes used in herbal medicine. In the UK it is commonly called physalis, in the U.S. it is known as goldenberry.
Goldenberry has been cultivated in England since the late 18th century and in South Africa since the start of the 19th century, hence the common name, “Cape Gooseberry”, though it is not botanically related to actual gooseberries. The French refer to the fruit as “love in a cage”. Goldenberries are related to tomatoes (and potatoes too!) They are all in the family Solanaceae.
In South Africa, physalis is used to treat abdominal disorders in children, fight fevers, boost immunity, prevent cancer, and treat jaundice. Heated leaves are applied externally as a poultice for treating inflammatory conditions.
Goldenberry can help soothe sore throats, promote sleep, purify the blood, boost metabolism, and promote immune response.
Physalis is not often used In Traditional Chinese Medicine. One exception is the species P. alkekengi (Jin Deng Long/Chinese lantern, which, unlike P. peruviana, has an unpleasant, bitter taste.. Here the entire plant, including the roots, is used to make medicine for sore throats, acute tonsillitis, laryngitis, hepatitis, urinary problems, and treating tumors. Studies confirm its effectiveness for treating 7 different types of Staphylococcus bacteria.
The Chinese also make use of P. angulata (Pao Zai Cao) to help Clear Heat from the Lungs in order to soothe sore throats and stop coughs.
Left inside the calyx, the fruits shelf life at room temperature is about 30 to 40 days. The calyx is not edible. The fruit is eaten raw, cooked, juiced, or dried. The fruit has a sweet, citrus flavor with an acidic aftertaste. Dried commercial berries are chewy and often have sugar added as compared to other berries they have a lower sugar content. They can be very acidic and tart. They contain the same amount of vitamin C as blueberries and are higher in vitamin A.
The anti-inflammatory compounds found in physalis help to improve blood flow to certain parts of the body.
Physalis has become invasive in some natural habitats, forming thickets, especially in Hawaii and on other Pacific islands.
Low Glycemic Index
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