Long'an---Dragon’s Eye if translated in a literal way, a well-known tropical succulent treat, has been planted for more than a thousand years in Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces located in the southeast of China. It is named so because of its round black shiny seed and white protuberant umbilici, which look like the eyes of the legendary “Dragon”. Fresh Long'an fruits are very juicy, sweet and pulpy, while dried Long'an pulp is a better choice to store for a longer time and better use in traditional herbal recipes.
Shek Kip, in Cantonese, Shi Xia, in Mandarin, is the most delicious kind of Long'an in Guangxi Province. Shek Kip Long'an harvests in the full-summer days which are about 15 days, no later than the middle of August. It is very difficult for you to forget it for once you have tasted it.
ChiHerb only picks the finest Shek Kip Long'an fruits, follows the traditional way to dry out the pulp so that the unique Long'an flavor and sweetness can be reserved to the utmost.
How to enjoy it?
- Eat it as snack like any other dried fruit.(Ready to eat)
- Soak it in warm water for 1-3 minutes. It tastes better when it absorb water and become juicy again. Now it can be mixed in yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, etc.
- Brew it as herbal tea, or, cook it as soup either sweet or salty. (See our recipes)
Shek Kip Dried Long'an Pulp's color will become darker and darker as time goes by. That's because of the high level of sugar it has and it will be oxidized after opening.
That's why ChiHerb suggests you to consume it as soon as possible after opening; re-seal pouch to preserve freshness; if you can't finish it in one month, store in the fridge, cooler or freezer, is a better way to keep it fresh for a longer time.
Please consult your health care practitioner prior if you have any health concern, especially when it's related to blood sugar, pregnant or breastfeeding.