- 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.
Health Benefits of Lychee:
- Lychee can help improve the blood condition.
- Lychee has the ability to relieve pain and shrink swollen glands.
- Lychee fruit can prevent the growth of cancer cells, particularly breast cancer. It is maybe due to the flavonoids content of the lychee pulp.
- Lychee is a 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.
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.