Longans are an amazing juicy delicious fruit. It looks like a berry or a grape and tastes mildly juicy and sweet. When in season, longans remind us of cream soda! Yummm!!!
Longans increase energy, and help with memory, calm the nervous system, and just a handful of longans provide you with over 100% of the daily recommended vitamin C, which is one the most crucial vitamins for a healthy immune system!
Longans have been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years as a remedy for many diseases, ranging from insomnia to blood diseases, and is said to invigorate the heart and spleen and nourish the blood.
In a study, it was found that longan extract has anxiolytic activity, which prolonged sleep time in people. The flesh of the fruit and tissues in its seeds are often used in Chinese tonics to enhance calmness and induce deep, rejuvenating sleep.
Research has found that longans can help to balance the electrolytes in the body, and this can, in turn, help to improve the function of the nervous system. The electrical signals required for every action in the body must pass through the electrolytes, so longans can help overall function and even muscle movement.
Random AF: Longans have been used to treat snake bites as an anti-venom. In Vietnam, the “eye” of the longan seed is pressed against snakebites in the belief that it will absorb the venom. How cool!
How To Know When Longans Are Ripe:
As the fruit ripens, the outer layer of skin forms into a hardened shell, so that when they are harvested, the fruit can easily be freed from the shell. Longons are ripe when their shell turns from green to brown. We recommend placing longans immediately in the refrigerator as they will most often arrive to you ripe and ready to eat.
How To Eat Longans:
Simply peel the longan and place it in your mouth. Be sure to spit out the pit! : )