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  luohan guo (arahat fruits)

 

Thailand

Luohan guo, literally ‘luohan fruits’ or ‘arahat fruits’, are the herbaceous fruits of an up to 5 meter long perennial vine with hearth-shaped leaves, known by the botanical name Thladiantha grosvenorii, for one.

 

These globular fruits are about 7 centimeters in diameter, with a smooth yet hard, khaki to green-brownish shell, covered with fine hairs and contain a sweet, edible pulp and numerous seeds.

 

  luohan guo (arahat fruits)

 

  luohan guo (arahat fruits)

 

The fruits are dried and used in traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments, by infusing the constituents in boiling water to extract a medicinal drink.