Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Tribute to Longan

One of the reasons I prefer southern China to northern China is the differences in cuisine. Sichuan, Hunan, and Cantonese are my favorites and all are in the south. Another key is the availability of fresh (tropical) fruits in the south. I can't imagine living without durian, pineapple, coconut, oranges, kiwis, longan, etc. Globalization does make things easier to obtain, but you've not lived until you bought fresh longans in season.

I bought some fresh longans (龙眼) today. They were very expensive but definitely worth every penny. If you've never tried them before, I recommend them over lychee because too many lychees may leave your mouth rather sore. Supposedly if you leave lychees in salt water it'll make the side effects less severe. I tried it and it didn't work. So I will always favor longans more.

How to eat them, you ask? The fastest way is to wash them in water so you get rid of the dirt on the shells. Then take one and gently bite into it, crack the shell in two, and eat the inside flesh. Practice makes perfect. It's easier to perfect than cracking sunflower seeds (I still can't do that).

1 comment:

Azrael said...

Ah, fruit...I miss being at home where it's cheaper and there's more variety. Have to say, I'm not a fan of longan, I prefer mangosteen although I'm too lazy to eat it often. Durian, however, is one I'm wiling to put effort in splitting open. Want to see if they have any the next time I come home? By the way, do you see any persimmons at the market? I don't think they're in season but I thought I'd ask anyway.