The fruit of an evergreen tree native to southeast Asia. Longans are small (1 inch diameter) and round with a thin brown shell and a large black seed. The pulp is white, soft and juicy and has a delicate, sweet taste. Longans can be eaten as a snack or used in Asian soups, sweet-and-sour dishes and desserts. Available fresh in Asian markets from July to August.

Plural: Longans

Ethnicity: Southeast Asia

Season: available year-round

How to select: Available fresh, dried and canned.

How to store: Refrigerate fresh fruit in a plastic bag up to three weeks.

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