10 Seeds w/growing guidelines (the dried seeds came from ripe fruits - NOT from oven-dried fruits)
Siraitia grosvenorii (luo han guo or monk fruit) is native to southern China and northern Thailand.
It is a caudex-forming, herbaceous, perennial vine (member of the Curcubitaceae) that climbs or creeps via tendrils. Leaves are heart shaped and the flowers are yellow. Requires rich, well-drained soil and germinates in a tropical shade environment (or greenhouse).
The plant is cultivated for its fruit, whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in China as a low-calorie sweetener for cooling drinks and in traditional Chinese medicine in tea or soups. Flowers are also used in teas.
Monk Fruit is harvested in the form of a round, green fruit, which becomes brown on drying. It is rarely used in its fresh form, as it is hard to store due to its high water content. Zone 9+
Momordica grosvenorii is a synonym.