Siraitia grosvenorii (= Momordica grosvenorii)
Buddha Fruit, Monk's Fruit, Luohan Guo
A climbing plant in the pumpkin family, native to southern China and Indochina, where it is widely cultivated for its fruit that is used in traditional Chinese medicine and to sweeten drinks. More recently it has been made popular as a "superfood" in the west for its antioxidants, as an immune booster, for a glucose-lowering effect and its anti viral properties as well as its potential as a natural zero-calorie sweetener. It is easy to grow in most warm temperate and tropical climates.