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Longan is also known as Dragon's Eye. They originated in China or in the area between Burma and India and are closely related to the rambutan and lychee. Chinese immigrants brought longan seeds into Far North Queensland. In Chinese medicine they are used to relieve stress, boost the immune system, enrich the blood and increase vigour. Longans are reputed to cause good fortune for all who are lucky enough to enjoy them.
Longans can be used to cut the palate like a sorbet between courses.

Longans are about 3 cm in diameter, round or oval in shape and the skin is golden brown and thin and leathery in appearance. Inside is the edible translucent pulp is a round, black, shiny seed.
The flesh is sweet and aromatic with musky overtones.
To open simply squeeze at the stalk end and the flesh should pop out.
Category: Cheese
In Season: Summer Autumn
To Buy:
Choose fruits that are firm and still on the stem. Off the stem and the fruit is usually too ripe to be at their best. Avoid fruit with mildew and blotches on their skin.
To Store:
To store longan’s, wrap them within a paper towel to soak up excessive dampness and put them in a punctured plastic bag within the fridge. They’ll keep for just two – 3 weeks but the sooner you eat them the better they taste. For best eating store at room temperature for two or three days. Can also be frozen, or dried.
Tips & Tricks:
Being easy to peel, it makes an unusual and quick addition to a salad. Add a bunch to a fruit platter for novelty and colour contrast.
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Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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