The longan, or dragon’s eye in Chinese, is a small round fruit that’s similar to a lychee. I would consider it a tropical fruit, because I never saw it anywhere in Europe. The fruit is mostly eaten raw here, though it is sometimes used in sweet and sour meat dishes.
The tree bark-like skin peels away easily revealing a translucent fruit with a black stone inside. This gives it its Chinese name, as the black stone resembles an eyeball. The flesh is extremely juicy and very refreshing. It’s sweet, with just a hint of soapiness that I link to lychees.
Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7