Health Benefits of Lychee

  • 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.

Lychee fruit

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.

Health Benefits of Lychee:

  • Improve the blood condition.
  • Relieve pain and shrink swollen glands.
  • Prevent 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.
  • Help those suffering from colds, fever and sore throats.

Nutrient Content of Lychee: 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.

“This post was originally published January 8, 2012 @23:30”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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