The Longan and Short of It
July 15, 2010
Okay, it’s a cheesy title but let me tell you that longans are delicious! They are very similar to lychees in texture and flavor, and I enjoy eating them.
The brittle brown peel is not edible but longans are easy to peel. Break one end of the peel, then squeeze the fruit and it will pop out of the peel. There is a small round seed in the middle which is not edible. Another way to peel and deseed is to cut the fruit in half and you can remove the fruit from the peel and the seed from the fruit easily.
Longan season is very short in Florida, just about the months of July and August (although some growers have been able to grow year round). It is a shame that the season is so short because the longan is one of my favorite fruits. They have a texture similar to a grape and a sweet flavor that pairs well with other fruits as well as with poultry, seafood and meats.
FAPC members who grow longans are:
|A. Martinez Produce Corp.|
|A.R. Produce & Trucking|
|All Locally Grown Produce, LLC|
|Erickson Farm, Inc.|
|Fresh King, Inc.|
|J & C Tropicals, Inc.|
|M & M Farms, Inc.|
|New Limeco, Inc.|
|Steele’s Tropical Fruit|
|Unity Groves Corp.|
On the Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida website (www.tropicalfruitgrowers.com) they have great info about longan storage and recipes. Of course, eating them fresh is a wonderful way to enjoy them as well, and that’s the “longan” and short of it!