Mystery Fruit Solved!!! – Longan Fruits

24 Oct

Thanks you guys!!!  I really appreciate your help in helping me identifying these awesome little fruits are called LONGAN FRUITS.   Here’s my original post with some revisions made to it…


When I was in NYC recently, a friend from our Yoga Center in Queens brought us a bunch of these mysterious fruits for us to try.   She mentioned the name, but after a little while, no one could remember it.   While we were there, she never came back, so we never were able to ask her again the name of the fruit.

I remember eating this fruit for the first time during a trip to China in 2001, in Suzhou.  My mom was brave enough to buy them off the street and eat them first without knowing what they were.   This was very fitting, now knowing they’re originally from Southern China… 

These LONGAN fruits are sweet.  They have a “crispy” skin you crack with your teeth, milky translucent flesh with a big dark seed in the middle. They resemble a lychee or a quenepa (lemon fruit, as they are known in English), but we know as a fact they’re not either. 


I’ve tried to identify it using internet sources, but because I do not know its name or country of origin, I can’t locate it.

Can you help me identify this fruit??

Thanks to the help of you guys, now we know these are Longans.  They are not available here in Puerto Rico, but I am sure you can get them in NYC, most probably in Asian markets.  IF and WHEN you see them, do not be afraid and give them a try.  They’re super sweet and very delicious.

9 Responses to “Mystery Fruit Solved!!! – Longan Fruits”

  1. jill October 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm #


  2. maggie October 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    Possibly a longan? Or a lanzone… but I think it’s a longan.

  3. Maggie October 24, 2008 at 5:22 pm #

    Longan fruit!

    Love them! soooo good.

  4. Agnes, the Kari person October 24, 2008 at 6:39 pm #

    Is your mystery fruit Longan, LamYai, Dragon’s Eye? I’ve never tried one.

  5. Yang October 24, 2008 at 10:25 pm #

    It’s called longan, and I believe it’s country of origin is Southern China. =)

  6. Mike of Mike's Table October 25, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    Looks like a longan to me (which is very much like a lychee). I have a coworker who has a tree, so I’ll periodically luck out and get a big bag of these to enjoy🙂

  7. gottabkd October 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    I believe they are called Leechee Fruits.🙂

    KFC – Thanks, but we’ve already figured out they’re Longan Fruits.

  8. Gustavo December 1, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    Here in Brazil it’s called pitomba (pee-TOM-buh). It’s very common in the northeast of the country but rare in the other regions. I love it, specialy when cooled. It’s related to leechee (here called lichia (lee-CHEE-uh)

  9. housewife9988 October 25, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    Longan fruits are commonly found in Msia too… In Thailand also and Indonesia… however, I m from Msia so you can come to view in my blog in case many fruits are of interests to you in the future.

    Yes, longan fruits are actually in many types too.. some r with very hard husks but when u eat, you just need a bit of hammering.. but they are of a special grade more expensive and delicious too.. I hope to upload one of this type in near future as not easily found here too.. but I have the plant right in my garden now.. Cheers!

    Nice to coincidentally to be in your website…as has linked my blog to yours..

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