Description

Lychees are native to Southeast Asia. Sometimes known as the Chinese Cherry, they are actually not related to cherries at all, but are eaten in a similar way. No larger than 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter, they have a tough, inedible skin with a small seed inside. Their bumpy, protective light pink to deep red skin keeps the white fruit inside incredibly juicy. Crack open just below the stem and peel to expose the fruit, then eat like a cherry, disposing of the single pit inside. Aromatic and sweet, each Lychee releases a delightful burst of flavor. A good source of vitamin C and phosphorus, lychees are excellent eaten fresh. Unfortunately, this fruit treat has limited availability, and can usually only be found fresh in stores from late spring until late summer.

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