While you can find fresh longans at some Asian supermarkets, it just can't compete with the beauty of picking them straight from the tree. The fruit tastes much firmer this way.
They're also called dragon's eyes because of their appearance. In Vietnamese, there's different names for both kinds of longans. This kind with the bigger seeds is called long nhan. There's another kind with more fruit and a tiny seed called nhan tieu (Tieu as in peppercorn because the seed is that small.).
Which do you like more? Longans or lychees?
My longan recipes:
Longan Chicken Radicchio Wraps
Tropical Fruit Cocktail Delight
1 year ago today, ciabatta-ish no-knead bread.
2 years ago today, herbed escargot, bun cha Ha Noi (Vietnamese Hanoi-style vermicelli rice noodles and grilled pork), and roasted Cornish game hens at Saigon Bistro - Westminster (Little Saigon).