Noelle: Whatever it is ...
it sure is cute
Lilac City Momma : What is he eating?
Marvelous Mommy: What is that he's eating??
Lady V Dzine: I love how you can see his little toenails pushing on the skin of whatever fruit that is!
Owen's Mom: What is he eating? Kind of like a lychee?
Simone: What is he/she eating?
Dawn: And what is this cute little furry creature devouring?
The answer, my friends, is a longan!
Longan literally translates as "dragon's eye" in Cantonese. Also known as 'mata kucing' which means "cat's eye" in Malay, the fruit is native to South East Asia.
The longan is so named because the fruit, when shelled, resembles an eyeball (the black seed shows through the translucent flesh like a pupil/iris). The seed is small, round and hard, and of an enamel-like, lacquered black. The fruit is edible, extremely sweet, juicy and succulent. It is also considered the poorer cousin of the lychee.
Here are some of our local fruits you may not hear of.
Rose Apples or Jambu Air in Malay
Jackfruit or Nangka in Malay
Rambutans meaning hairy in Malay
Ciku - also known as sapodilla
Star Fruit or Carambola - The fruit in cross-section is a five-pointed star, hence its name.
Pomelo - A citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is usually pale green to yellow when ripe, with sweet white (or, more rarely, pink or red) flesh and very thick pudgy rind. It is the largest citrus fruit, 15–25 cm in diameter and usually weighs 1–2 kg.
Mangosteen - It has a deep purple reddish rind when ripe. The white flesh is sweet and juicy. Be warned though that the juice from this fruit stains clothes permanently.
And the king of fruits ...