Tropical Friday… Longan Fruit…Dragon’s Eye…


Welcome to Tropical Fridays…

This week we have been gifted so much fruit our neighbour dropped us in some Chinese pastry’s some Longan Fruit plus Custard apples and Guava Fruit…then my Thai family turned up at the crack of dawn and left us a huge bag of rice, bananas, limes and lime leaves, mangoes, big fresh squash and lemongrass from the farm…we are so lucky all this freshly picked produce.

We certainly will be getting our Vitamin C and other vitamins in spades this week…Lovely banana shakes all-around first thing for a few mornings running although I did share some of our produce around the neighbours…and then today one of the neighbours gave us some lovely coconut ice cream…Sharing does have its bonuses …

Today I am looking at Longan Fruit …

Longan Fruit.

Close up they have a very slight mottling on the skin Also spelt lungan, this tropical fruit tree is of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), native to Asia and introduced into other warm regions of the world. The edible white-fleshed fruits are somewhat similar to the related lychee and are commonly sold fresh, dried, or canned in syrup.

Longans grow in clusters on trees …it is very round and the size of a large grape…although it has a toughish shell it can be peeled quite easily to reveal  translucent white flesh with a black pit which is why it is often nicknamed “dragons eye”

Tastewise it is similar to a grape in taste and texture but with a slight muskiness…it is also one of Lily’s favourite fruits…

Like many fresh fruits, the Longan is high in Vitamin C and high in antioxidants making it a wonderful and healthy snack eaten by itself but is also wonderful in sorbets, jellies, salads, smoothies, desserts, and puddings.

Longan is lovely with a chicken salad with a nice lime and mint sauce…

For a wonderful treat on a hot day, pop the whole fruit in the freezer – shell and all.

Traditional Chinese medicine has used the fruit and its seed for healing and general health.

A short post me today…my concentration is waning...Our darling daughter has her second operation tomorrow  I am a tad preoccupied…

Thank you for dropping by see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets…xx









36 thoughts on “Tropical Friday… Longan Fruit…Dragon’s Eye…

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more

    Best wishes to your daughter, Carol! May she have a good recovery! There are so many fruits to discover, in your area of the world. With our special Bavarian connections i hope in future we will get more of these delicious things. 😉 I should ask our State Departement. Maybe they will establish a delivery service. :-)) Thanks, for the very interesting information, Carol! Enjoy a beautiful week. xx Michael

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much Michael.. I have been touched by all the good wishes.. You never know with your special connections anything could happen.. I hope you a fabulous week xx

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  2. Obaid

    Harvesting longan fruit requires pickers to scale ladders in order to gently remove fruit branches from longan trees. It is believed that longan fruit retains its freshness better if it is still connected to the branch, therefore attempts are taken to keep the fruit from detaching too soon. The delicate skin of the fruit would be damaged by mechanical harvesting, therefore hand harvesting is the recommended technique of harvesting. A knife and a pair of scissors are the most often used tools.

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  4. D. Wallace Peach

    I would love to have all that fresh fruit around, Carol. We have fruit, of course, but I love tropical fruits. My mom remembers eating longans in Indonesia. I would have to look far and wide to get them here though. Enjoy!

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