This Asian fruit is closely related to the lychee and rambutan. Longan translates Â as "dragon eye" the white peeled fruit resembling a eyeball with the black seed showing through like a pupil. The longan has inedible thin yellow/brown skin and a sweet musky flavour.
Selection and Storage
Choose fresh plump looking longans. Ripen at room temperature and then store in the refrigerator.
Squeeze open the skin and eat fresh or in fruit salads. Longans are used in East Asian cusine in snacks, soups, desserts and sweet and sour foods. Dried Longan guÃ¬yuÃ¡n in mandarin is often used in Chinese cooking and in herbal medicine.
High in fibre and vitamin C.