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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Longans, Roseapples.....

Kim : I have to ask...what is he/she eating?
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.


Custard Apples

And the king of fruits ...
The Durian


  1. Hi Veronica Lee!

    Wow I have never heard of any of those! Very interesting!!

    Hope you have a great week!

  2. How cute is he? I've never seen most of these, thanks for sharing!

  3. That's so funny that so many people asked it!

    I want to try some of those fun foods!

  4. Love the pics of all these fruits!! Stopping by to say hi from MBC--pretty blog!

  5. Yum lychee :) thanks for stopping by, i am now your newest follower :) http://www.everymomhasherday.com

  6. seriously...
    those fruits...
    i would LOVE to photograph them...
    PRETTY COOL!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing

  7. You know it's gotta be good when you put your feet on it to eat it! ;)

  8. Veronica, You did it again--another good post. Here in Canada, I have never seen any of these fruits. When I come for a visit you will have to introduce me to all the good things to eat. :) Rosemary