Longans and an update

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Hi, everyone! First of all, I’d like to apologise for having gone AWOL in the last week and a half or so! It’s been a bit hectic over here.

Remember when I said a little while back that a loved one’s been having a few health issues? Well, those health issues flared up again, so badly that the last week has been mostly spent at the hospital. Lots of tests have been run and new medicines trialled and now we’re almost back to normal, or as normal as we can ever be, and the remainder of the last few days have been spent trying to get back into a regular routine. It’s been quite a week and I’m just so grateful that things haven’t been worse. I’m sorry to be so cryptic about this but as this isn’t my medical issue to talk about in public, I’m afraid I will have to remain mysterious about this issue for a while now. But I definitely want to say that I’m glad to be back – I’ve missed blogging!

And the first thing I want to share with you guys is… longans. I must say, I was super excited when I found my local supermarket selling longans the other day. My partner was mystified – “what are longans?” he demanded – and even the cashier was confused when she came across them and I had to explain to her what they were and spell the name out before she could find them on the register. “They’re really awesome!” I told her. “They’re really beautiful fruit!”

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Longans are just one of a plethora of tropical fruits that I never realised how lucky I was to have access to when I was a child growing up in Malaysia. Longans, lychees, rambutans, starfruit, jackfruit, mangoes, chikus (oh my goodness, how awesome is this sweet brown fruit) and so much more – they featured on a dessert plate each evening that my mother would prepare for us. They’re pretty rare – and expensive – in Australia so when I came across the longans the other evening, I snapped them up right away.

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What are longans? Well, they’re a small brown fruit, as you can see, and they’re kind of like a smaller cousin to lychees. Their thin brown skin is easy to peel and pearl-like fruit on the inside is sweet and juicy, perfect for the hot summer days we’ve been having (just don’t eat the little hard black seed inside). I could sit down and eat an entire bag of longans. Be warned, though, you will have sticky fingers at the end!

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So if you ever come across longans, make sure to snag yourself some and try ’em. I highly recommend them!

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