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.
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: