On our tour of the Mekong River Delta we had a chance to visit an orchard and sample some of the local fruits, one of which was the Longan, a close relative of the Lychee.
A basket full of just-picked longans in orchard by the Mekong.
We got to sample a few ripe fruits from the orchard.
Once the longans were peeled, I laughed, “Ha ha, it looks like a bowl of eyeballs.”
Phuoc explained, “That’s why they’re called ‘longan’, dragon eyes; ‘long‘ means dragon and ‘an‘ means eyes.”
Come to think of it we did see some googly-eyed dragons at a royal tomb in Hue.
Back at home it’s pretty easy to find longans for sale in Chinatown.
More about the tropical fruits I discovered in Southeast Asia:
More about our December 2013 trip to Vietnam.
These look delicious fruits and healthy.
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How funny – they really do look like dragon eyes
Googley dragon eyes!
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