Longan Fruit Superfood - How To Use Superfood Longan Fruit
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Superfood Spotlight on: Longan Fruit

What You Should Know: These exotic and translucent little fruits are also called euphoria fruit – and with good reason: longan fruit have long been part of traditional Chinese tonics for anti-aging and sexual health. Longan fruit – not to be confused with logan berries – can be found growing throughout Southeast Asia, but are rare to find in the United States. The best way to get your hands on these superfruits are in the very tonics the Chinese have used for centuries. However, since these strange fruits have the look of peeled grapes and the taste of lychee, your curiosity may get the best of you – and in that case we suggest hunting them down at your city’s Asian market. If you find them in your town – we want to know about it! Pass on your tips below for other readers.

Why You Should Use It: In traditional Chinese medicine, longan fruit are used as a tonic for the heart, to improve eye function, relieve stress and give skin the glow. Women hoping to beautify and boost their sex drive might find this fruit the perfect tonic. As for standard nutritional qualifications, longan fruit’s got that too:  iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium can be found in the fruit, as well as vitamins A and C. Recent studies have also identified gallic acid, corilagin and ellagic acid in the fruit, which may bolster the fruit’s reputation as a health-boosting superfruit .

Let’s Get Together: We love Ron Teegarden’s Dragon Herbs for their tonic herbal formulas. If you can make it in to one of their tea and tonic bars their educated staff can help in pin-pointing herbal formulas just for you. A beautifying longan fruit tonic we love is Dragon Herbs’ Magu’s Secret. The herbs cleanse the blood, harmonize hormones and enrich the skin. For other herbal tonics that include longan fruit see the list in Dragon Herbs online shop here.

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  1. that’s one of my mom’s favorite fruit. she’ll make sure to grab some if she finds any while traveling. didn’t know you could find them out here.

    hazel | 01.17.2013 | Reply
  2. They usually carry these at the Dekalb Farmers Market in East Atlanta. Grown in Florida I believe.

    Lizzy | 05.21.2013 | Reply
  3. The markets in Chinatown, Boston have them. I would like to know how to tell when they’re fresh, though! Sometimes after you peel them, there’s a little spot of unappetizing gray “stuff” stuck to the pit, where the stem used to connect.

  4. I’m a certified arborist in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and today I just saw tow 20 ft. high longan fruit trees in front of a home owned by an Asian family. I thought it was a mango tree at first but saw the fruit and just had to know what it was. Thought at first it was litchi nut, but they told me what it was and I looked it up and it checked out. The Asian family must have planted the “dragon eye” fruit trees themselves. Grows very healthy here in this climate and sandy soil. Cracked and tasted some of the fruit. Very mild taste, barely sweet. Similar in texture the inside of a white grape, but not as sweet. Beautiful trees with dark green leaves between 4″ to 7″, not dissimilar to mango leaves.

    Bob G. | 06.22.2013 | Reply
  5. I recently went to my local Chinese market in Brooklyn, I was looking for lychee but they had this fruit instead. I purchased it for about $6.99lb and I also got my hands on some dragon fruit. Both make good shakes :)

    Alma | 06.23.2013 | Reply
  6. It is available in south Florida, farmers market in Hollywood and also in homestead

    Angela | 07.28.2013 | Reply
  7. Easy to find in Calgary, Alberta. T&T markets sells them and a few street vendors in china town as well

    Tyler | 08.14.2013 | Reply
  8. Got a bunch today at Uwajimaya Asian Supermarket in Beaverton Oregon

    Jenn | 08.21.2013 | Reply
  9. Just found them at whole foods in Plantation.

    Heather | 09.12.2013 | Reply
  10. Found them at Food Basics ,Niagara Area,Ontario,Canada.Tried them at the Manadarin during Moon festival .Waitress said to get them in China town in Toronto.lucked out at a Food Basics!so delicious

    Tracey | 09.22.2013 | Reply
  11. We have a Tai market in Burnsville MN, where I bought them today. The guy that works there said Southern Florida grows them so they are not that rare in the US.

    Jeff | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  12. Fortunate for me, my next door neighbor has a Logan Tree growing next to our joint fense.. The tree extends over the fense into my yard and I have a never ending supply.. He just gave me a lesson on the fruit and what its name is. I googled the name and was surprised to find out about all the benefits this sweet little fruit has to offer… Yayyyyy for me… Try it!!! You will like it!!!

  13. In Jamaica they call these guineps and I’m psyched to have finally found them in the US! The Newark Farmer’s Market in northern Delaware had them for $2.99/lb alongside some beautiful dragonfruit. Delicious =)

    Laura | 10.23.2013 | Reply
  14. For the last few weeks, I’ve been buying bunches of longans fresh on the vine from a Farmer’s Market here in Miami. The fruit was grown locally farther south in Homestead. I have to say the longans are sinfully sweet and super-delicious! The merchant said the fruit is near the end of its season, which is why it’s so sweet. Grab some soon before they’re gone!

    Debra | 11.10.2013 | Reply
    • Sinfully sweet and super-delicious…agreed!

      The Chalkboard | 11.13.2013 | Reply
  15. If you find yourself in NE Portland, OR you can find the longan and many more fresh exotic fruit samplings at Thanh Thao Market. Delicious every time!

    Tamara | 11.10.2013 | Reply
  16. Found these awesome little fruits at a produce market in San Francisco! First time having them, they taste exactly like lychee

    janeen | 11.21.2013 | Reply
  17. I have this very tree in my backyard, La Mesa, California. I just posted on Facebook how many tangerines, lemons and oranges I have this year. Plus the longans, but too much trouble to peel and eat. Then I find this article. But how do you eat the damn things? So much work for such little fruit.

    Pat Wright | 12.22.2013 | Reply
  18. Silver lake farmer’s market in California :)

    Jessica | 01.14.2014 | Reply
  19. I found them at United Grocery Store in London, Ontario! $3.99/bag

    Meghan | 01.24.2014 | Reply
  20. Found them at H-E-B Plus in San Antonio for $4.99 a pound!

    Madison | 01.31.2014 | Reply
  21. delicious fruit . Got a small bag of them at the Asian Market in Beaverton, Oregon. This one is another other than what was mentioned above. This market is in the mall where Petco, TJ Max and a bunch of other stores are.

    Diana | 02.26.2014 | Reply
  22. Just found/bought these at the local farmer’s market on Wednesday’s on Marco Island, Florida—delicious!!! Loved all your info—-they are tedious to peel and eat, but yum!!

    Bonnie | 02.28.2014 | Reply
  23. I just bought some today at the Dekalb farmers market in east Atlanta. $4.99/lb. As for eating them being tedious, I just pick one our the bunch and put the whole where the stem was in my mouth and squeeze. The sweety flesh and seed pop into your mouth. Then discard the the seed with your tongue. It allot like eating musicales to me.

    Tommy | 04.02.2014 | Reply
  24. Correction: muscadines

    Tommy | 04.02.2014 | Reply
  25. I found them canned on the post road in Orange CT at and oriental store in a place on the post road where they share with the dollar tree. The name escapes me….

    Jackie | 04.21.2014 | Reply
  26. Lee Lee’s Market carries the Dragon Eyes. They are located at Orange Grove Rd. Tucson, Arizona

    Chelina | 04.25.2014 | Reply
  27. I found them in San Diego CA at H-Mart (Korean supermarket) very tasty and very fresh.

    Domitila C. Gonzalez | 04.29.2014 | Reply
  28. I purchased some today from The Garden Asian Market in Middleton, WI (Madison) at $2.99/lb. I had not tried them before, but since they resembled Lychees, which we love, I thought we’d give them a try. Sweeter and kind of nuttier tasting. Quite yummy.

    Andrea | 04.29.2014 | Reply
  29. I just tried the dried variety which I found at Mr Chen’s Restauranta and Asian Market in Tuscaloosa, Al.
    At only $1.39 for a 2.5 oz (70 gram) box, this may be my new go-to snack.
    I had never tried longan in any form before, but I think I’m in love.
    These look and feel like raisins, and there’s this almost molasses-like aftertaste.
    Anyone who likes the flavor of dried figs will love them.

    Sandra J Hunt | 04.29.2014 | Reply
  30. I buy them canned at Loma Linda (California) Market. It is a product of Walong Marketing in Buena Park, CA. They are already peeled, in a light syrup – absolutely delicious and they are $2.00 a can (big can). I go marketing there to get their canned Jackfruit and this was alongside them. I said “what the heck” and bought a can. Now I wish I’d bought a lot more.

    Davilyn Eversz | 06.16.2014 | Reply
    • Tthanks for the tip on where to buy them in your area, Davilyn!

      The Chalkboard | 06.17.2014 | Reply
  31. Grabbed a branch-full from a neighborhood tree thinking “looks like a lychee”. Searched online and here I am. What a great find!!! No need to go to the store!

    John | 07.13.2014 | Reply
  32. These little fruits grow now in Hawaii. I would think that they would be happy in California, parts of Oregon and also in Florida!

    Kanani | 07.14.2014 | Reply
  33. My wife planted a Longnan Tree when we moved in our house 12 years ago. That thing is out of control with the amount of fruit it produces. Only issue is the Squirrels and Crows eat the most of them before my wife can get them.

    RUSS-D | 08.06.2014 | Reply
  34. I forgot to mention that we live on the gulf coast of Florida.

  35. I discovered this fruit while taking a stroll thru my neighborhood in miami shores, florida!! There is a huge tree that is FULL of them and no one knows about it but my family (the tree is on the front lawn of a vacated house :/ )

    melisa | 08.09.2014 | Reply
  36. Thanks for the info! I found them at Hiep Thai, an Asian market in Arlington, TX. They were $3.48/lb and sold in 2 and 10 lb bags. I didn’t realize they were a superfood — I can’t wait to try them.

    Jasmin | 08.09.2014 | Reply
  37. 99 Ranch Market chain carries both Lychee, Longan and many other asian fruits. They have stores in CA, WA and TX.

    Sam | 09.06.2014 | Reply
  38. found the fruit at Joe’s Farm Fresh Market in Oldsmar FL today after someone gave me a few.


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