Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Longan Season Has Returned; Check Them Out With Some Lychees At The Korean Markets
Longan are a tropical tree that puts out bunches of fruit. The thin, leathery skin splits easily and releases a tender, moist fruit. Imagine a peeled grape, although the flavor is less sweet and the interior seed is a lacquered black pit. I can pop them for hours.
Mrs. HowChow picked longan at the Super Grand on Sunday. She learned from a woman who didn't speak English, but pantomimed that you want fruit still attached to a branch or at least with a bit of stem on the end. If the stem was broken off, that might have left a hole and a dried out fruit.
(That's a lot to learn through pantomime, but Mrs. HowChow and another woman agreed that they'd learned the same lesson.)
I assume that longan are available at Lotte in Ellicott City and at H Mart in Catonsville. I think their season runs for a few more weeks in late summer.
While you're at it, pick up some lychee as well. They're a cousin to longan, slightly sweeter and moister than longan. They were also a key part to our first date and an early HowChow post.
(Update: Check out the A Day In The Life II blog for a post about how to eat longan and lychees. Great pictures and description. It's easy once you have eaten one, I promise.)