I Love Lychees
|June 18, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Produce|
One of my favorite fruits is the lychee. Pronounced “lee-chee” or “lie-chee” and spelled in various ways including “litchi,” this tropical fruit is reminiscent of a grape with a slight rosy perfume note. It is such a delicious little gem!
Lychee season in Florida is very short – about 6 weeks – and we are in the last half of it right now. If your produce provider does not have any Florida lychees in stock, ask about getting them. You can also check out the Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida in Homestead to see which of the members grow and ship lychees.
Lychees are easy to handle and store. Peeling is super easy – just split the brittle shell and pop the fruit out. Remove the inedible seed inside and then enjoy the lychee. (Side note: The seeds are a chocolate brown and usually the shape and size of an almond, however some seeds are shriveled and called “chicken tongues.” Many people love to get the chicken tongue seeds because it means even more fruit!) If you want to keep some for later in the year, they freeze beautifully for up to 12 months.
With only 66 calories for 10 fruits, lychees provide a gram of fiber and 11% of the average daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Whether you incorporate lychees into your favorite dishes or eat them fresh, why not try a lychee? You just might love them like I do.