Several months ago I was at my “mom and pop” nutritional store when the owner gave me a sample of what looked like a big fat brown raisin.
Longan Fruit. I had never heard of it.
I liked the way it tasted, sweet and a little bit smokey and after all the anti aging, healthy, beauty benefits the owner touted, I was sold.
I immediately began thinking of all the ways I could incorporate this anti aging fruit I had never heard of, into my diet.
I like to put dried Longan Fruit in my salads, nut mixes, chicken dishes, or eat right out of the bag.
Longan, translated literally as “Dragon’s Eye” is an extremely popular snack in China.
Dragon’s Eye, is known as a blood tonic. It has a very high content of iron, about 20 times that of grapes and 15 times that of spinach. In China there is a saying “women are ruled by blood and men are ruled by Qi”.
According to the Chinese, Longan not only ads luster and beauty to the skin, but has a 2000 year reputation as a fantastic sex tonic. Read Crazy Fun Beauty Secret.
Dragon’s Eye is also touted for its ability to neutralize poisons. In fact, in Vietnam it has been used as an antidote to snake bites for centuries. All I can think about is the tons of “poisons” we in America are exposed to in every day life.
Asian herbalists have long said that the Longan Berry aka Dragon’s Eye has relaxing properties, making the perfect snack to enjoy to lower your stress levels. Longan has been found to promote tranquility and deep, refreshing sleep.
The Longan fruit also has very high levels of potassium, and large amounts of Vitamin A and C, which is extremely beneficial to the skin as well as having anti cancer effects.
The best way to get your Longan Fruit here in America is in the dried form.
I like Ron Teeguarden’s Dragan Herbs Longan Fruit. Ron is a master herbalist here in Los Angeles that I interviewed years ago for a show called “Your Mind and Body”. Back then the whole herbal healing movement was just taking off.