Believed to have been first cultivated by Buddhist monks for medicinal purposes; this herbaceous perennial vine grows to about 15 feet high. Has long been used for the treatment of sore and dry throat, as well as gastritis and constipation; it can be consumed in the form of a soothing hot beverage. Today many people use and recognize Monk Fruit as a noncaloric sweetener, unrelated to but similar to stevia.
Latin Name: Siraitia grosvenorii
Site and Soil: Prefers well draining soil and full sun
Hardiness: 30º Fahrenheit
Size at Maturity: 15′ tall by a couple feet wide
Ripening Time: September
Pests & Diseases: None that we’ve seen while growing them here
USDA Zone: 9a