A premium fruit similar to its cousin the Lychee, this fruit has a translucent flesh surrounded by a tan, somewhat brittle brown rind. The flesh is crisp, sweet, juicy and mildly aromatic.
The fruit has a short shelf life. Refrigerated fruit will store for about a week. While best enjoyed out of hand, the fruit can be frozen, canned or dried. Dried within its rind it is referred as the "longan nut" and without the rind a "longan raisin".