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Longan is a tropical tree that produces edible fruit. It is one of the better-known tropical members of the soapberry family, to which the lychee also belongs. Included in the soapberry family are the lychee, rambutan, guarana, korlan, pitomba, Spanish lime and ackee. Longan is commonly associated with lychee, which is similar in structure but more aromatic in taste.
Jackfruit is a widely cultivated and popular food item throughout the tropical regions of the world. Jackfruit have a distinctive sweet and fruity aroma. A fully ripe and unopened jackfruit is known to “emit a strong aroma,” with the inside of the fruit described as smelling of pineapple and banana. The flavor is comparable to a combination of apple, pineapple, mango, and banana.
Regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the notorious “king of fruits,” the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance; others find the aroma overpowering with an unpleasant odor. The durian that is native to Southeast Asia has been known to the western world for about 600 years. The nineteenth-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace described its flesh as “a rich custard highly flavored with almonds.” The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavor a wide variety of savory and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines.