The Longan fruit is a member of the soapberry family, to which the lychee also belongs.
The longan means dragons eye in Chinese is so named because it resembles an eyeball when its fruit is shelled.
The seed is small, round and hard, and of an enamel-like, lacquered black.
The longan fruit is sweet, juicy with a sour sweetness.
It can be eaten fresh, is also often used in soups, snacks, desserts, and sweet-and-sour foods.
It can be used in its fresh or dried form and is sometimes canned with syrup.
The fruit contains the following nutrients carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, fat and protein.
It also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
Trace minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
The logan fruit it is believed to have an effect on relaxation.
The fruit is used as remedy for stomach ache, insomnia, amnesia, and dropsy.
The fruit is said to invigorate the heart and spleen, nourish the blood and have a calming effect on the nervous system.
Photo by suphakit73. Published on 18 November 2013
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