When a friend gave me this bundle of branches I wasn't quite sure how to respond. I was gracious (of course) but I wonder if she caught the look of what-the-hell-is-this that surely flickered across my face. The tea-stained color of the shell is beautiful so I figured, if anything, these will look great in a bowl on the dining table but then curiosity got the best of me and I peeled off the shell to reveal a delicious morsel within. I was hooked. The longan or Dragon Eye is like a homely country cousin to the showy pink hued, highly textured lychee but I'd gladly eat a bowl of this lovely fruit any day.