I was introduced to a new exotic fruit last week called lychee, pronounced in Chinese “Lie-chee.” They are about the size of a ping pong ball and smell a bit like honeysuckle. The skin is tough and bumpy. When you squeeze the fruit, the skin ruptures to reveal a beautiful white fruit. It is deliciously sweet and juicy, with a large brown seed in the middle.

 You eat the fruit off the seed and throw the seeds away. It is really difficult to describe what they taste like; it is sort of like the inside of a white grape, crossed with a white pear. They are really good, and greatly coveted in China. The shelf life and ripe season of this precious fruit is very short. This makes them pretty expensive, and the Chinese people preserve them by canning them in season.  

Lychee is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, Sapindeae. This tree is a tropical native to Guangdong and Fujian provinces of southeastern China. Obviously, this tree does very well here in the state of Florida. Cultivation has been documented back for thousands of years, with the top producer being China. India, Southeast Asia, Madagascar, and South Africa, also produce Lychee. The only commercial lychee is chinensis. It grows wild in Southern China, Northern Vietnam, and Cambodia.

It is amazing, the variety of plants and animals on this planet. 


God bless you all, RHM.