Dimocarpus longan, commonly known as the longan, is a tropical tree species that produces edible fruit. It is one of the better-known tropical members of the soapberry family Sapindaceae, to which the lychee and rambutan also belong. The fruit of the longan is similar to that of the lychee, but less aromatic in taste
"Anecdotal uses of longan fruit as a natural remedy include:
a general tonic to increase energy and boost the immune system.
snake bites as an anti-venom."
The easiest way to peel a longan is to make an incision with your thumbnail and tear away the rest of the skin. Carefully bite off the pulp with your teeth, avoiding the hard, inedible seed in the center of the fruit.
Longan is availble between June - August