Here's a small fruit from southeast Asia that I have never encountered before. Longans are small quarter dollar-sized fruits whose flesh resembles a white peeled grape, surrounding a small chestnut-looking seed in the center. The brown husk is easy enough to peel off. The flavor is very mild and very sweet, at honeydew melon with a hint of pineapple.
Vote: Good fruit, but not even close to the top of my list. I won't go out of my way to get any more of these.
Ed Matthews is the owner and executive chef of One Block West, a fine dining restaurant in Winchester, Virginia. The restaurant's menu changes daily and showcases the bounty of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.