Longan Fruit Facts Health Benefits 101
Facts about Longans
Indigenous to India and China, longan fruit is a significant crop in Southeast Asian countries. The longan is botanically known as Euphoria longan. The Chinese called it "Dragon's eye" due to its eye-shaped mark around the pit. The fruit with its cousin, the lychee were brought to the US by W. N. Brewster, who was a missionary in Fujian Province, China. Not successful in cool climates, the tropical tree is usually used as an ornamental tree. It yields beautiful thick dark green leaves together with groups of drooping fruit. Fairly majestic and completely gorgeous, the tree currently grows in the United States. As there is an on-going demand for niche fruits in the US, appropriate weather in Florida is likely to help produce longan fruit commercially.
Different in size from a small plum to an olive and ovoid to spherical in shape, longans feature a thin, brown shell known as a pericarp protecting its grayish-white clear pulp. In the middle of the succulent flesh is a big sleek jet-black seed having a white ovoid feature mark. With a flesh similar to a peeled grape, the taste is incredibly sweet and frequently known as a special tasting combination of gardenia, spruce and musk.
Health Benefits of Eating Longans
Longan Nutrition and Calories
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