Long yan (also known as longan, “gui yuan” 桂圓 in Chinese) is a popular tropical fruit. The flesh is very sweet and juicy. I and my family like to eat it fresh, even though it’s quite pricey here in Australia. The dried ones, dark brown in colour, are less expensive, good for making Chinese soups, desserts and teas. In Chinese medicine, long yan is a natural cure for insomnia. Goji (aka wolfberry, or Goji berries, 枸杞 in Chinese) is also found good for eye health, giving your a feeling of calmness and quality of sleep.
My mum used to make this long yan and goji tea for me when I complained after a sleepless night. This traditional Chinese tea is handed down from generations. I love the sweet fragrant smell of long yan. It’s very appetizing and comforting. After moving to Australia, I have to make it myself and surely will pass the recipe to my daughter just in case she needs it.