The Longan (Dimocarpus longan) is a large tree belonging to the same family as the Lychee and Rambutan, which can grow up to 40 m tall. It is best known for its sweet, juicy fruit which, with its semi translucent flesh and black glossy seed, resembles the eye of a dragon, which is how it got its name. The longan fruit is mainly eaten fresh, but ­can also be canned or dried for easy storage and transportation. Other edible plant parts include its leaves, flowers and seeds.

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(Photo credit: Pauline Tay)


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