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LONGAN

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LONGAN

ABOUT

The longan is related to the lychee and also looks a little like this fruit. The round fruits grow in hanging bunches and measure around 2.5-4 cm in diameter. The skin is thin, not as rough at the lychee and a ripe yellow brown to light reddish brown in colour. The flesh is soft, glassy, translucent and greyish. It has a sweet flavour and tastes a little like mango, but less sweet than the lychee. Inside you will find a pit which is not edible. The fruits can be eaten out of the hand. They can also be canned. In China people use the fresh or dried seed coat to brew in tea. The seeds, rich in sapopin, are used to make shampoo.

PREPARATION

Longan is ripe when the fruit is reddish brown in colour. Ripe longan can’t be stored and must be consumed within a few days. The skin is easy to remove by squeezing the fruit until the skin bursts open. The skin and pit are not edible. Longan are used in fruit salads and for processing into jam or jelly. The fruit can also be used in tea and to produce liqueur.

ORIGIN

Thailand

 

AVAILABLE

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