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Monkfruit, Siraitia grosvenorii , in Chinese 罗汉果 / 羅漢果 (Mandarin: luó hàn guǒ; Cantonese: lo4 hon3 gwo2), is said to be 300* times sweeter than sugar and is used industrially in making "artificial" sweeteners. Round these parts, they are usualy sold dried and used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat cold symptoms and sore throats, by  being used to make a kind of herbal tea or soup.

 

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Dried Monkfruit

 

However, we do sometimes get them fresh when they are in season, which is now.

 

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I have to say, I don't really like them. Too sweet with a bitter aftertaste. So far as I can see, most poeple just dry them themselves anyway!

 

The fresh ones are another thing I've never seen in supermarkets or even markets, but usually being sold by street vendors. Must ask why.

 

* Edited to add this is coincidentally the 300th post in this topic. Just noticed.


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"HOT" mangosteens: spicy hot, recently-heated hot, or very-popular-at-least-they-want-you-to-think-so hot? (I assume they aren't stolen-hot. :D )

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7 minutes ago, Smithy said:

"HOT" mangosteens: spicy hot, recently-heated hot, or very-popular-at-least-they-want-you-to-think-so hot? (I assume they aren't stolen-hot. :D )

 

I wondered the same when I first came to China and saw these "HOT"signs. First time I recall was on a menu, so I assumed "spicy"", but sadly it just means popular, which they rightfully are. Wonderful fruit!

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This morning these were in the stores again. In Chinese they are called 雪莲果 (xuě lián guǒ), which literally translates as 'snow lotus fruit'. They are Smallanthus sonchifolius or Peruvian ground apples. In Spanish, yacón. The reason they look like root vegetables is because that is what they are! They are just a sweet variety and are eaten like a fruit, despite being the roots of a daisy-like plant. They are OK, but  I wouldn't miss them if they never showed up again.

 

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The larger one in the centre was around 11 inches in length.


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