In Vietnamese, “long nhan” means dragon eye. The Longan is a close relative to the litchi. Longans are grown mostly in the cooler highlands of South-East Asia. It was brought here by Chinese immigrants as they migrated south and settled in various areas. The peel is brown and brittle. The meat is translucent white and is very juicy and sweet.
In Vietnam, dried longans are cooked in water to make a dessert drink called ‘nuoc long nhan’.
I can’t wait to Tet! (New Years) as these will be everywhere at the Asian markets!!