Fruit Lovers
Longing for fruits... badly!!!
Longan

A tropical tree native to southern China that bears a fruit of the same name.

< read all 1 reviews

A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Apr 29, 2011
Longan is a thirst quencher and I love munching on them. A versatile fruit which can be dried and cooked with other Chinese desserts.
Share  
(0)
(0)
(0)
(0)
Was this helpful?
0
Post a Comment
About the reviewer
Sharrie ()
Ranked #2
I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
Sharrie
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
Recent reviews by Sharrie
About this food

Wiki

The longan, literally "dragon eye" in Chinese, is a tropical tree native to southern China. It is also found in Southeast Asia.

The tree can grow up to 12 metres in height, and the plant is very sensitive to frost. Longan trees require sandy soil and temperatures that do not typically go below 4.5 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit). Longans and lychees bear fruit at around the same time of the year.

The longan ("dragon eyes") is so named because of the fruit's resemblance to an eyeball when it is shelled (the black seed shows through the translucent flesh like a pupil/iris). The seed is small, round and hard, and of an enamel-like, lacquered black. The fully ripened, freshly harvested shell is bark-like, thin, and firm, making the fruit easy to shell by squeezing the fruit out as if one is "cracking" a sunflower seed. When the shell has more moisture content and is more tender (due to either premature harvest, variety, weather conditions, or transport/storage conditions), the fruit becomes less convenient to shell.

To express longan fruit, there is a Vietnamese riddle: Da cóc mà bọc bột lọc, bột lọc mà bọc hòn than (literally: Toad's skin covers tapioca flour, tapioca flour covers coal stone): toad's skin is the skin, tapioca flour is the clear white flesh and coal stone is the black seed.

The fruit is edible, extremely sweet, juicy and succulent in superior agricultural varieties, and apart from ingested ...
view wiki

Details

© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
Fruit Lovers is part of the Lunch.com Network - Get this on your site
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists