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longans 1234

fresh longans are here on sale in a local northern california grocery store... delicious of course, with the special fragrance...

 

while longan is in season, lychee is fading out... here is an essay (in chinese) about lychee (荔枝) and longan (龍眼, dragon eye, literally): tnl.org.tw/article/taxa/longan/longan.htm

 

dried longan meat has been used in medicine as early as circa 100 b.c. or earlier, here (in simplified chinese) it lists out traditional medicine books commenting on longan... 64.233.179.104/translate_c?hl=zh-TW&sl=zh-CN&u=ht... with that said, speaking to myself: do not over-dose... ;-)

 

and this is what wiki says about longan: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longan; in chinese - zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%e9%be%99%e7%9c%bc

 

i like what is mentioned in the article "等待龍眼的季節──黃春明的文學生活" on how seeds of longans were utilized as marbles by kids... at the bottom of the pdf version - www.bestget.ksu.edu.tw/ksitcgeclass3/download/PDF/13.%e9%... ; obsoleted udn.com/NEWS/READING/X5/3985618.shtml, that brings out a lot of memories...

 

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Taken on September 1, 2007