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Getting to Know: Longan

Longan fruit is a tropical fruit that has a light brown shell, and a hard centre hard with a glossy black seed that has the appearance of an eye. It is also known as “euphoria fruit” or even the "dragon eye" and is a cousin of lychee fruit.

Longan fruits are typically grown extensively in Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. They are usually used in desserts and puddings, such as sorbets and jellies.  

However, it is also a fruit that has been used for years in traditional Chinese medicine. Throughout Chinese history, the longan has been used medicinally for relaxation, and to produce "internal heat," which is thought to improve and cure skin problems. It also helps to treat insomnia as the leaves and pulp of longan have bioactive compounds that suppress the levels of neurotransmitters that cause anxiety, insomnia, and stress.

When we analyse the nutritional profile of longan, we find that they are rich in vitamin C and contains pocket amounts of riboflavin. It also contains phytonutrients, fibre and protein. They are also low in calories which means one can indulge without guilt.

A study has also been conducted on dried longans and their effects on enzymes used by cancer cells to invade the colon. It shows that there could be more benefits to consuming this fruit.

Here in Tily, we have used dried longans in our evening calm blend that is perfect for you to have before bedtime. The longans are meant to help you work on your blood circulation which in turn helps give you deeper, more rejuvenating sleep.

It is also the perfect tea for those who have a sweet tooth as dried longans are pretty sweet, there is no need for additional sugar.