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Longan

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Why Eat It

These grape- to plum-sized Asian fruits, which are related to lychees, are sometimes called "dragons' eyes," because peeling their thin brown shells reveals a transparent, jellylike fruit with a large, dark seed in its center. Longans are among the richer sources of vitamin C, with 3 1/2 ounces supplying 140% of the Daily Value.

Longans are most commonly eaten raw (serve them on their stems, like grapes), but they can also be poached.

Availability

Look for longans in Asian markets in late summer.

Shopping

Choose heavy fruits with uncracked shells.

Nutrition Chart

Longan/20 fresh

Calories

38

Total fat (g)

0.1

Saturated fat (g)

--

Monounsaturated fat (g)

--

Polyunsaturated fat (g)

--

Dietary fiber (g)

0.7

Protein (g)

1

Carbohydrate (g)

10

Cholesterol (mg)

0

Sodium (mg)

0

Vitamin C (mg)

54


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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