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Lychees are brightly colored strawberry shaped fruits with thin large skin and sweet musky aroma.It is fairly easy to covering off the skin, engaging smelling white, clear flesh is uncovered revealed. It has a unique sweet, admirable taste with a half level acidic, Pungent flavor. The seed in the middle can be tiny shape, but it can be easily taken out.Its feel is bad but it can have some unpleasant effects on your digestive system

The lychee is the most popular group of edible fruits of the soapberry family, Sapindaceae.It is widely known as litchi and regionally as lichi, lichee, laichi, leechee or lychee.

Taste- Very sweet, Reminiscent of roses and some muscat grapes.

The Worldwide Gourmet- Lychees are a simple dessert often found on Asian menus, especially in China and Japan, served plain or in syrup.

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Origin and Distribution

The lychee is native to low elevations of the provinces of Kwangtung and Fukien in southern China, where it accompaniments especially along rivers and near the seacoast. It has a long and famous history having been praised and pictured in Chinese literature from the earliest known record in 1059 A.D. Cultivation spread over the years through adjacent areas of southeastern Asia and offshore islands. Late in the 17th Century, it was approved to Burma and, 100 years later, to India

It arrived in the West Indies in 1775, was being planted in greenhouses in England and France early in the 19th Century, and Europeans take it to the East Indies.It reached Hawaii in 1873, and Florida in 1883, and was conveyed from Florida to California in 1897. It was first fruited at Santa Barbara in 1914. In the 1920's, China's once a year crop was 30 million lbs (13.6 million kg). In 1937 (before WW II) the crop of Fukien region alone was over 35 million lbs (16 million kg).

Scientific Name:Litchi chinensis

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Emperor Lychee Fruit

Emperor fruit is large and hard with a fine sub-acid sweet flavor. The Emperor is an unusually large variety of lychee. It is good tasting with a large seed. The skin (pericarp) of the fruit has very distinct bumps. This is a mountain variety, adapts well to container culture and tends to fruit consistently.

Mauritius Lychee Fruit

Mauritiu originates in southern China, but it is named for the island off the southeast coast of Africa where extensive commercial plantings have been in production for decades. It is the variety of choice for commercial growers in Florida because it is a regular and heavy producer. The fruit is sweet, pink to red, and produces chicken tongue seeds in about one out of ten fruit.

Sweet Heart Lychee Fruit

Sweet Heart is hands down the finest lychee. It is a consistent producer of huge heart shaped fruit all having chicken tongue seeds. Production is close to that of Mauritius inspiring small commercial plantings by growers targeting high-end produce markets and gourmet restaurants. It is quickly becoming the variety of choice by dooryard growers for its reliability and superior quality.

Brewster Lychee Fruit

Brewster is one of the most extensively planted commercial varieties in Florida. The fruit is large, deep red, and it is of excellent eating quality. The tree is a vigorous upright grower that is well suited to Florida. Like many other lychees it tends to be an alternate bearer producing good crops every two out of three years. Brewster lychees are charming and moist.

Haak Yip Lychee Fruit

Haak Yip - From China. Medium sized fruit, red, sweet and of excellent quality. Foliage is a dark green color the name means black leaf and fruiting is fairly regular. Large, greenish-red fruit with delicious, crisp and sweet taste.

Bengal Lychee Fruit

Bengal is an excellent tasting large fruit that is grown commercially in Africa and Australia. However, irregular bearing habits have kept this cultivar out of commercial orchards in Florida. The tree is a vigorous grower having a spreading habit.

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Facts and Features of Lychee Fruits

Facts of Lychee Fruits

Native to China, the Philippines and India, lychees are a delectable fruit which will add flavor to fruit salads. Lychees are eaten fresh or dried, but can lychees have become very popular. Unfortunately, lychees don't have a marvelously long shelf life, and are relatively easily spoiled in transport and handling. The trees themselves bear heavily when the conditions suit them, but they are disgracefully demanding in climatic conditions.

Features of Lychee Fruits

Lychee is a well known popular Chinese fruit, resident to low elevations of the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian in Southern China.

Taste and Season:The tissue of the Lychee (once peeled from its hard spiky shell) tastes sweet, fragrant and delicious, however unfortunately the season for Lychee is fairly short which is from May to mid July. As a result different kinds of canned Lychee, Lychee juices and Lychee flavoured products have become offered in supermarket.

China started to sell to other countries Lychees many years ago, but Lychees are hard to export because they ruin quickly. Most quantities are shipped to the United States and other overseas markets by air, or by sea in reefer. FDL has direct relationship with juice producers in more than 40 countries around the world. We are continuously working with fast growing markets in particular in China and can source well-established and new fruit types for any necessity.

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Nutrient Content:

Nutritive value per 100 g of Lychee
Nutrition Nutritive value
Energy 125 kcal
Protein 1.58 g
Water 155.34 g
Calcium 10 mg
Carbohydrate 31.41 g
Iron 0.59 mg
Magnesium 19 mg
Phosphorus 59 mg
Potassium 325 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Zinc 0.13 mg
Copper 0.281 mg
Choline 13.5 mg
Vitamin E 0.13 mg
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Health Benifits of Lychee Fruits

Lychee, Chinese translated the best one as 'gift for a joyful life', of course lives up to its name. The lychee fruit contains vitamins and minerals that help a healthy diet, it is sweet and delicious and it has been enjoyed joyfully by natives of southeast Asia for centuries.

Everybody who eats the lychee fruit immediately falls in love with it. But if the information that lychee is so delicious does'’t not influence you to try it, maybe hearing some of the health benefits of lychee will make you give this tropical fruit a second look

.Many studies enclose publicized that eating lychee fruit may reduce the risk of cancer. One such study was a published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology showing that lychee fruit inhibits the construction and development of breast cancer.

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Lychee Recipes

1.Lychee Soup
Lychee Soup


  • 2 cups lychee juice
  • 2 cup fresh lychees
  • ¼cup low-fat buttermil
  • 2 lychee black tea bags (optional)

How to make:

In a 2 quart saucepan, bring the juice to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add the tea bags and berries, cover and steep for 5 minutes, then discard tea bags.
Cool slightly and pour into a blender or food processor. Add buttermilk and blend until smooth.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours

2.Lychee Glaze
Lychee Glaze


  • 2 cups Lychee Jam
  • 1 cup Lychee Basting Sauce
  • ¼cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lychee honey, corn syrup or other honey (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • ¼teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

How to make:

In a saucepan combine the lychee preserves, honey corn syrup, water, lemon juice, mustard and spices.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Set aside. Use the glaze to baste meat, poultry or fish regularly while cooking.
Heat remaining glaze and serve with the meat
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