Fijian Longan or Island Lychee is a fruit mostly found in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Philippines, East Indonesia, Papua and the Pacific Islands.
The fruit is round or oval and bigger than the common longan. It is green and when ripe will turn purplish red, almost black or rust brown. The colour depends on the various varieties. The shell is hard, but it can still be prised opened with both thumbs with a little force. The not so ripe ones may be hard and can be opened just by prising open with the sharp point of a knife. The shell cannot be eaten.
The fruit or the pulp inside looks like lychee, but not as juicy or sweet. The flesh is thick like rambutan and is pale yellow in colour, translucent and chewy. The seed is almost double in size of longan’s. The seeds can be baked, roasted or boiled and eaten and taste like sour cream or sour cheese.