Lychees

Originating in China lychees or (litchi) are related to the rambutan and longan. They have a prickly, crackly pinkish shell and grow on small trees. The flesh of the lychee is sweet and fresh and often served to refresh at the end of a Chinese meal.

Selection, Storage and Availability

Where possible choose Australian lychees with a firm fresh looking skin, lychee’s become dull when they have been in storage too long. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Uses

Remove the skin and eat fresh, discarding the seed which is toxic. Lychee’s are used in some Asian desserts and are an interesting addition to a fruit cocktail.

Nutrition Information

Lychees are low in fat, calories and high in fibre.