Facts about Grass Jelly

Grass jelly is an Asian dessert commonly served in China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In some parts of Asia this dessert is also known as leaf jelly. Generally, manufacturers sell grass jelly in cans, and you typically cut into pieces prior to eating. It is made from the leaves and stalks of the mesona chineensis plant.

Few Calories

According to the Chao Kuay Grass Jelly product label, a 330-g serving contains 184 calories. This represents approximately 9 percent of your total recommended daily calorie intake based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Carbs and Protein

A 330-g serving of grass jelly contains 44 g of carbohydrates, and 2 g of these carbohydrates come from dietary fiber. The remainder of the carbohydrates come from sugar. Therefore, it is higher in dietary sugar and carbohydrates. Each 330-g serving also contains 2 g of protein.

Fat and Vitamins and Minerals

Grass jelly does not contain any fat, vitamins or minerals. Because of this, the calorie count of this dessert remains relatively low. However, despite this dessert’s lack of fat, the dessert does have a rich flavor that results from the sugar content of the carbohydrates.

How to Serve

In China, it is commonly served with sugar syrup, evaporated milk or fruit such as mango, watermelon or cantaloupe. In other Asian countries, it typically is mixed with other types of desserts and soy milk; it is also available as a beverage, usually mixed with a juice.


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