Lychee and Longan look similar but they are different biologically. The longan fruit is referred to as the little brother of lychee. It is also known as the ‘dragon’s eyeball ‘and’ slave of the lychee’. Longan fruit is native to Southern China. It is used less a regular fruit and more widely used in oriental medicine by the Chinese such as for heart health, anti-aging, improved eye function, glowing skin, to alleviate stress and boost sexual drive.
This succulent fruit is sweet and yields many other health benefits. Longans are eaten fresh, however, it is said to taste even better when cooked.
Benefits of Longan
Longan fruit can be consumed raw, dried and even frozen. Regardless of in which form it is eaten, its health benefits are many.
Vitamin C plays a vital role in keeping us immune to many diseases and just a half cup of longan fruit packs enough nutrition to fill up our daily requirement of this vitamin.If you combine it with meat, it will boost your iron absorption.
Want to get rid of free radicals? Try the longan as it is rich inantioxidants that fight against free radicals. Logan fruit also combats chronic inflammation, heart diseases and assists in healing wounds. Moreover, it rejuvenates blood circulation as well. The longon fruit also prevents risk of certain types of cancers.
It is greatly beneficial for skin with its anti-aging properties. It minimizes cracking and peeling of skin near the eyes.Say Goodbye to crow’s feet! Eat longan to add shine, suppleness and luster to your skin.
Longan is known to work wonders for problems of nervousness and anxiety. It is used as an anti-depressant which soothes the nerves, enhancing the overall nerve function. It is also known to lower fatigue and irritability. Have difficulty falling asleep? Try eating Longon. A dried longan fruit is believed to aid in insomnia.
Low Calorie Diet
Cut down on calories and shave off on fat and control food cravings with longan. It is low in fats and calories. With its complex contents of carbohydrates, your energy levels are raised reducing food cravings and enhancing your stamina. Just a half cup of longan yields 35 calories.
Longan Fruit Nutrition
The longan fruit is rich in minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Following are the minerals and vitamins present in this juicy fruit:
- Vitamin A 28IU
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
This pulpy fruit is now cultivated in various parts of the world including Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, South India and South China. In the United States it is grown in Southern Florida, Hawaii and California. The remains of Longan (seeds, rind) are used for fuel, furniture and shampoo. Truly, a gift of nature.