History and Facts:
Lychee is an ancient Chinese fruit and is grown in clusters of 2 to 30 fruits. It is heart-shaped and is strawberry red in color. The fruit is similar to the longan and likened to the grape. After a few days, the lychee dehydrates like a raisin turning the flavor somewhat robust. Lychees are peeled, pitted, eaten out of hand, added to fruit cups, and blended with ice cream, gelatin or fruit juices.
Lychees have 66 calories per 1/2 cup and are a good source of potassium and vitamin C.
Lychees should be stored in the cooler and displayed like tropical fruits. They can be stored up to three weeks without flavor loss. High-humidity areas help maintain red peel color, while refrigeration quickly browns peel.
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