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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.

Florida longans - delicious and refreshing!

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.
LNB Groves
M & M Farms, Inc.
New Limeco, Inc.
PNS Farms
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!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2010 3:30 pm

    I have treeful, this year, and I can’t wait for them to fully ripen! Soon… Soon!

    • Melissa permalink
      July 19, 2010 11:28 am

      RJ, I’m a tad jealous that you have a tree full of longans but am happy for you, too! Enjoy.

  2. Terry permalink
    July 16, 2010 10:26 am

    I just made some FIG jam last night, the first time I’ve ever seen it or tasted it, delicious. A gentlemen from Flagler county gave us some fresh figs. I would love to try Longans too, but don’t know if they have any in our area of Florida…I’ll have to check our farmers market. If I find some, I’ll have to come back to this website for some recipes.

    • Melissa permalink
      July 19, 2010 11:28 am

      Terry, do you live in Flagler County?

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