- Lychee Tree height: 20 – 40 feet with a canopy in similar radius
- Lychee Fruit: 1 ½ – 3 inches in size
Lychee originates in Southern China, it is a member of the Sapindaceae family, which includes the longan, rambutan and pulasan. The name of the fruit is derived from the Chinese word lee chee which means “one who gives the pleasures of life”. Lychee is also known as the “fruit of romance” in China.
Lychee like mangoes doesn’t require too much fertilizer and water, so it’s best to plant them at a good distance from sprinkler heads and avoid fertilizing the lawn in their root area. They don’t take shade well and requires a full day’s sun to set fruit.
Lychee fruit consist of translucent, juicy white pulp enveloping a single, brown seed encased in a red shell (rind) which easily peels. Usually, the lychee is opened by tearing the skin at the stem end, while experienced lychee eaters bite lightly through the skin in the upper half of the fruit and then squeeze the fruit out. Lychee is available in Asian supermarkets in fresh form, cans or dried or they are found in jellies, jams, marmalades or sauces in Asian cuisine.
Lychee Health Benefits:
- According to a Chinese book, the nature of the flesh of the lychee is warm and it can help improve the blood.
- The Chinese believe that lychee has the ability to relieve pain and shrink swollen glands.
- The health benefits of lychee fruit compliment the health benefits of the acai berry.
- Studies done conclude that the lychee fruit prevents the growth of cancer cells, particularly breast cancer. It is maybe due to the flavonoids content of the lychee pulp.
- Rich source of vitamin C, a vitamin that the body does not produce naturally. Eating lychee can benefit those suffering from colds, fever and sore throats.
- Helps the body to digest food properly for the best nutrition and an added boost of health.
Lychee Nutrient Content: Great source of Vitamin C and potassium, it also contain phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and protein.
Culinary Uses: eaten fresh as fruits; canned and used to flavor jellies, ice creams and sherbets. The Chinese also use lychee for medicinal purposes and for making wine.