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Lychee (litchee)
Why Eat It
Availability
Shopping
Storage
Preparation
Nutrition Chart


Why Eat It

Related to longans, lychees are sometimes on a dessert menu of Chinese restaurants. Once stripped of their nubbly reddish-brown shells, these lychees look like large white grapes, each with a single large, glossy seed within its pale flesh. They have a sweet, flowery fragrance and flavor. Lychees are rich in vitamin C: 3 1/2 ounces (10 fruits) supply more than 100% of the Daily Value.

Availability

Fresh lychees may be found in Asian markets in the summer months. Canned and dried lychees (the latter with a raisinlike texture) are also sold in Asian groceries.

Shopping

Select heavy, uncracked fruits with the stems still attached; the redder the shells, the fresher the lychees.

Storage

Unpeeled, the fruit can be stored for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.

Preparation

Serve whole lychees one at a time (they need to be peeled), or peel several and sprinkle with a little lime or lemon juice to heighten the flavor. They can also be cut up and combined with berries or other soft fruit. They can also be poached.

Nutrition Chart

Lychee/10 fresh

63
Total fat (g)
0.4
Saturated fat (g)
0.1
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0.1
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.1
Dietary fiber (g)
1.3
1
Carbohydrate (g)
16
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
1
Vitamin C (mg)
69


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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