Long Nhãn (means in Vietnamese Dragon Eye) grows in many provinces in the Viet Nam. The Long Nhãn is a close relative to the lychee. Long Nhãn fruit is about 2 cm in diameter, with brownish and brittle peel. The peel only has to be slightly removed to reach the whitish pulp, enclosing the glistening black hard inedible seed. To eat: use your fingernail or a knife to cut the skin a little and then peer off the tough skin and pop it in your mouth (remember: the seed is inedible!). The translucent pulp tastes similar to that of a lychee but a little sweeter and not as juicy.

There are many varieties of Long Nhãn in Viet Nam. The most renowned variety of Long Nhãn is the “Cage-Longan (Nhãn L
ng)”. The name “cage-longan” comes from the technique of covering the Long Nhãn with cages to protect them from the birds. There are varieties that have a thick pulp and a very sweet taste called pulp longan. Water longans have a thin watery pulp and a fresh sweet taste. In the South, the longan of Chau Thanh (Dong Thap Province) is very renowned throughout Viet Nam. This variety has a watery pulp, a very sweet taste, a perfumed scent, and small black seeds, which is why it is also called Nhan Tieu (pepper grain longan). Long Nhãn is also used to prepare a delicious dessert: “Chè (sweet soup) Long Nhãn with lotus seed”. In Viet Nam you can often find dried Long Nhãn cooked in water to make a dessert drink called “Nước long nhãn”.




« Common name


« Scientific name

Dimocarpus longan

« HS Code


« Usage

as desert dessert fruit, Juice, canned, IQF



« Packing (count & size)

2.4-2.7cm diameter, plastic basket of 7kg

« Air loading (LD3)

396 basket

« Sea loading (40RF)

2200 basket

« Supply capacity




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