Friday, October 31, 2014

Luo Han Guo & Chrysanthemum Tea

Weather has been scorching hot these day and what is simple and good to make at home to help ease the heatiness in us?  It has got to be arhat fruit chrysanthemum tea drink.

Arhat fruit is also known as luo han guo in mandarin.
 This fruit has got amazing health benefits - helps to ease cough and moisten lungs, rich in Vitamin C, helps in anti-aging, anti-Cancer, weight loss and colon cleansing.  Also, it is a natural sweetener which in turn makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetic patients. One can drink it everyday without worrying it to be too cooling to our bodies.

With the impending cough that hubby and I are having, this drink really helps ease our bad throat especially with the addition of chrysanthemum in it.  The combination of luo han guo chrysanthemum drink is said to work doubly well on cough and bad throat.

Luo Han Guo & Chrysanthemum Tea

2 luo han guo (briefly scrub and wash exterior of fruit)
A handful of dried chrysanthemum flowers (briefly rinse and drained)
1.5 to 2 litres of water

1. Using the back of a knife or spoon, gently crack open the washed luo han guo to expose the insides.
2. Place luo han guo and water in a pot and bring to boil on high heat.
3. Bring down to low heat and let simmer for another 15 min.
4. Place chrysanthemum flowers into pot and cover. Turn off fire and let it heat for 15 to 30 min. Strain and serve.

Choosing and buying luo han guo - pick one of the fruit and give it a gentle shake. If you can feel and hear the seeds moving - the fruit is not fresh and would not give off much taste and benefits.

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