Longan refers to an evergreen tree from the soapberry family, and is indigenous to China and India (although it is now grown all over Southeast Asia1). This medium-sized tree can grow up to 20 to 23 feet in height, with a cork-like bark and roundish crown. Its leaves are shiny dark green, with a leathery texture and pointed tips.
This fruit may be small, but it surely packs a wallop when it comes to nutritional benefits. You can get vitamins B1, B2 and B3 from longan, and it’s also a good source of free radical-scavenging vitamin C. When it comes to minerals, iron, copper, potassium and magnesium are some standout mentions.
You can also get protein and dietary fiber from longan.8 Plus, it has phenolic acids that can provide you with antioxidant, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial effects.9 Because of this impressive variety of nutrients, longan berries have been linked to numerous health benefits, some of which include:
Helps bolster your immunity against colds and flu
Promotes optimal blood circulation
Helps maintain cardiovascular health
Improves the appearance of skin