The secret sweetener – Monk Fruit – Arhat Fruit – Luo han guo – Lo han kuo

We’ve been using Monk Fruit (known as Luo han guo or Lo han kuo in Chinese) as an occasional sweetener for around 2 years now.  I say occasional, because we do try to drink things pure (without any sweeteners) but will occasionally, as a special treat, sweeten with homegrown stevia or some monk fruit. I … Read more

Fountain of Youth – The Reishi or Lingzhi mushroom

This week we made some Reishi / Lingzhi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)  tea.  While the thought of mushroom tea might not conjure the most tasty image, it actually tasted pretty good.  It has an earthy, mellow and slightly sweet taste – just the right flavor for earthlychow. Reishi / Linghzi mushroom is considered a powerful anti-aging … Read more