Lychees are slightly smaller than a golf ball, pink and roughly textured, with white, translucent flesh and a long dark stone inside. When peeled, they’re slightly reminiscent of an eyeball. But we can assure you, they taste a lot better.
Lychees grow on a large evergreen tree (between 10 – 28 metres tall) that are found in tropical and subtropical countries. The lychee (Litchi chinensis), is native to China, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Southeast Asia. Lychees have been recorded as being cultivated since 2000BC and were first introduced to the Western World in 1782. They were in demand when first discovered, and it's still the case, with lychees being cultivated all across the world, in countries such as Brazil, India, South Japan, California, Jamaica, Hawaii and more.
The nutritional value of lychees
Nine lychees (on average) would meet an adult’s RDA of Vitamin C. It contains an average of 72mg of Vitamin C per 100g of fruit.
Lychees are low in saturated fat and sodium and cholesterol free.
Interesting Lychee fact: In traditional Chinese medicine, lychee is considered to have ‘hot properties’ and its believed that excessive consumption of lychees can lead to fainting or skin rashes.