Longan (Dimocarpus longan) is a small, round, sweet, and watery fruit that is very similar to lychee fruit. It has a yellowish-brown thick shell, also known as a pericarp, which hardens as it ages.
When it‘s young and fresh, you can peel the pericarp off to get a translucent, white, watery pulp embedding a big black seed, almost like an eye.
You need to separate the seed to eat it. However, the seeds can also be processed to obtain essential oils and extracts.
These super delicious tropical fruits of the Sapindaceae family are grown widely in Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Locals use longan in sorbets, jellies, salads, desserts, and puddings.
Let’s explore the different ways longan are beneficial to the health:
7. Boosts immunity
Longan fruit is a good source of vitamin C, a water-soluble antioxidant that plays a major role in strengthening immunity and warding off illnesses. Vitamin C has the potent ability to help protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals.