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Longan is a tropical fruit originating from Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and China. It is a small, round fruit with a thin, brownish-red outer shell and a translucent white flesh. The fruit is sweet and juicy with a flavour reminiscent of grapes, though less acidic. Longans are in season all year round.

To store Longans, keep them in a cool, dry place and use within a week of purchase. When preparing, simply peel off the shell to reveal the juicy fruit inside. Discard the seed.

Longans are often eaten fresh and raw, either on their own or mixed with other fruits. They are typically peeled, revealing a translucent white flesh that is sweet and juicy. Longans can be used in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes, from curries and stews to baked goods and sweet sauces. They are often used in recipes for their sweet and fragrant flavour.

Longans are also known to have numerous health benefits, including being high in vitamins and minerals, low in calories and aiding in digestion. Longans contain a good amount of carbohydrates that provide energy and help to maintain physical and mental strength. The fruit is rich in potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure levels and maintain heart health. Longans contain compounds that help to promote better sleep and reduce symptoms of insomnia. The fruit is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which help to protect the body against diseases and enhance the immune system