Under The Jakfruit Tree
Longan fruit is currently in season and available at Richard Lyons Nursery. Longan (Dimocarpus longan) is in the same family, Sapindaceae, as its better known relative, the Lychee Tree. Unlike the Lychee Tree, Longan is a more reliable fruit bearing tree as it does not require the cool night temperatures in winter as the Lychee Tree does to flower and set fruit. The Longan fruit has the same skin and texture as the lychee fruit, while slightly sweeter, if not as juicy as the lychee. They are both native to topical China and other countries of SE Asia.