Some new, experimental foods I’ve been eyeing since the beginning of the year when I first started this new-food adventure – this one I never saw before last Saturday when I spotted it in my local ethnic grocery.
The longan tree is grown mostly in southern China and does well at a slightly high elevation. And since 1798, it is has also been grown in India – in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Longan is considered a superfood high in vitamin C and potassium – in case you decide to have some for lunch.
When peeled, the longan looks like eyeballs which is why it is also called Dragon Eyes.
So, I bought it.
I peeled it.
I ate it.
The fruit is sweet and easy on the taste-buds. My best comparison is to the grape, although it’s different in that it has a hard shell and a rather large pit. The consistency of the fruit, itself, however, is very grape like.