Tongan, my hometown, has superior natural conditions and abundant natural resources. Longan, especially its hometown, is famous at home and abroad.
Longan is also known as longan because it is mature in August, also called Guiyue in August, and its fruit is spherical. It also has other names, such as “Lizhu”, “Yanqiu”, etc. So, why do Tong’an people call it “longan”? It is said that in ancient times, a young man in Tong’an fought with the dragon, and the eyes of the Dragon fell to the ground. Before long, there was a tree growing in that place, and many fruits came out of it. Later, in order to commemorate the young man’s achievements, people called the fruit from the tree “longan”.
In the mature season of longan, the tree is covered with light yellow or brown fruits of the size of Tangyuan, and the branches are bent by the fruits. Looking from afar, it’s like a green tent with yellow beads. It’s very beautiful!
Gently peel off the shell of longan, a strong fragrance pours in, making people salivate. The white and transparent flesh, like flawless pearls, makes people eager to taste. Put it into your mouth and chew it. It’s juicy, sweet and delicious. It’s not tiresome to eat.
Longan is known as “longevity fruit” in subtropical zone because of its delicious taste, rich nutrition and high medicinal value. Li Shizhen of Ming Dynasty once said: “longan Dabu” and “longan is a good resource”. According to the research of scientists, the soluble substance of longan contains glucose 24. 91%, sucrose 0. 22%, protein 5. 6%. In addition, it also contains phosphorus, calcium, iron and a variety of vitamins. Longan has the functions of appetizing the stomach, benefiting the spleen, nourishing the blood and calming the nerves. It is a precious tonic for the treatment of deficiency anemia and neurasthenia.
Since the reform and opening up, many farsighted farmers in Tong’an have contracted for barren mountains and planted longan in large quantities. Tong’an has become one of the five largest longan production bases in China. Longan in his hometown has opened up a way for his people to become rich.