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Siraitia grosvenorii (luo han guo or monk fruit)

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Bangkok starts with ...
Is this luo han guo or monk fruit from china?

Siraitia grosvenorii (luo han guo or monk fruit)

It's a nice sweet fruit, dried i guess, not sure, with a pit inside.
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Linton says...
How many seeds does it have inside? Siraitia grosvenorii has many seeds. If there is only one seed it is not Siraitia grosvenorii and more likely prunus species.

Cheers!
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Bangkok says...
It had only 1 seed inside, finally my chinese contact who gave this giftpack said it was some prunus...

He even knew the latin name (that's impossible for a Thai) and it's considered a quality-snack in China (not cheap at all). It's very nice and i ordered more.
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denise1 says...
It is not monk fruit, which is sold dried with a spherical smooth round thin shell, somewhat hollow and a number of small seeds with pulp.
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Markmelb says...
They are preserved Plums BK - looks like those are the sweet ones but if you can find the sour ones with a powder on them they are like sour straps and make you pucker. Preserved Hawthorn berrys are sweet and very tasty too - even preserved Bayberrys as well.
We have lots of Chinese supermarkets nearby - with lots of interesting stuff.

Was amazed in Singapore how they liked their Beef Jerky type flat square sheets - shops everywhere at $40kg
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Linton says...
Attention Bangkok......

Monk Fruits popping up now! The Monk Fruit seeds are all starting to germinate so I don't need you to look for them in the chinese shop any more.

Siraitia grosvenorii (luo han guo) may arguably produce the sweetest fruit in the world but now comes the fun part since I don't have a clue about how to grow them. Guess I'll just have to learn it. Cheers!
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Bangkok says...
Looks good Linton!

What i see here when i buy tree's they grow them in charred rice or coconuthusk and water every day i guess.

If you want to be safe than that's an option i guess.

Mark i also tried that squared expensive meat but it's nothing special. Tastes like sweet smoked meat, i expected special herbs or so but it's very simple.

I had all kinds of dried plums now, got more giftbags and ordered a whole box of them which will arrive soon.
Perfect candy.
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Linton says...
The Monk seedlings are steadily getting bigger and bigger. We don't have charred rice or coconut husk available here, only coco peat which is highly acidic so I don't know if the plants would like that or not. I could always make my own charred rice I guess, but rice is very expensive here so it would not be economically viable.

Anyway they seem to be doing fine growing in the gravelly sand they are in. I did read that they prefer to be in shade so probably growing on or under a pergola would be best but I don't have that kind of structure. Also read that they can be easily cultivated in pots so that sounds like a good option.

To be continued........
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Bangkok says...
Linton it's charred rice-HUSKS, but i guess you guys don't have them.

You can use anything charred to replace it i guess, it just drains very well and doesn't decompose fast.

You can make a cheap pergola from plastic electrical pipes or so. And if they have to be green you put tape around them.

I found green waterpipe in the hardware shop here, will build some net-tents with those against fruitfly and birds.





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Linton says...
The Monk Fruit vines have come through Winter and now into their second year. How long do you think before they make fruit? Thanks.
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Pek says...
Hi Linden,
i want to grow the monk fruut as well. Where you bought the seeds or plant ?
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Linton says...
I got the seeds from a supplier in the U.S. Can't remember their name now as it was a couple of years ago but their are plenty of online sellers on the net. Just do a google search for Monk Fruit Seeds or Siraitia grosvenorii and you will find them.They are approved for import but it is not so easy to get them in now due to the new customs regulations for packaging. Best you read the new packaging rules to make sure that they will comply.

All the seeds I got sprouted, but you need to follow a special method for them to germinate successfully. Cheers!
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Linton says...
Dear Pek

Now I wanna give you the scoop about the Monk Fruit seeds. A good place I got some of the Monk seeds from was Strictly Medicinal Seeds in America. They describe the method to germinate them on their website which I followed and had almost 100 percent germination.

First you need to soak the seeds for 3 or 4 days until they swell. Then sow them in sand or a sandy mix like cactus mix. Don't water them again unless they start to dry out completely as they have already absorbed the maximum amount of water. If you keep watering them they won't germinate.

So I can vouch that the seeds from this supplier are viable and most importantly that they use commercial seed packets which should satisfy the current entry requirements for packaging.

You can read more information and buy the seeds on the site:

https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/arhat-fruit-momordica-grosvenori-packet-of-7-seeds/
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