How to Prepare and Eat Lychee Fruit

Lychee Fruit
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    Step 1: Buy Some Ripe Lychees

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    Lychees are one of the most delicious tropical fruits and can be enjoyed year-round. Lychee is the only member of the Litchi in the soapberry family, known as Sapindaceae. Other species in this family of flowering plants include maple, ackee, horse chestnut, and more. This tropical tree is native to provinces in China like Guangdong and Fuji.

    Nutritionally, lychee is good for you in that it contains many antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, and more. In fact, it provides health benefits that are excellent for blood production and the formation of RBC like manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, and folate.

    Shopping and Eating Lychees

    When buying lychees, look for pretty pink skin – not green. To see whether or not a lychee is ripe, simply press the skin gently with your thumb. With this, the lychee should give a little. If it's too soft, it may be over-ripe. Good lychees will also have a gorgeous lush and floral perfume. They will taste sweet, but not overly sweet.

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    Step 2: Open the Skin

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    Your thumbnail is likely to be the best for cutting open the skin and then peeling it back.

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    Step 3: Peel Off the Skin

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    Continue to peel off the skin. This should come off fairly easily.

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    Step 4: Open the Fruit to Reveal the Stone

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    As you peel, you can eat the lychees. When you pop them into your mouth, watch out for the stone, which is very smooth and hard. If you're planning to prepare the lychees, whether serving or using them in a recipe, make sure to open up the fruit and use your thumb to remove the stone.

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    Step 5: Remove the Stone

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    After you have split open the fruit, dig out the stone and discard it. Don't worry if the fruit tears.

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    Step 6: Enjoy Eating Your Lychee Fruit

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    After you've removed the stone, curl the fruit back into its former shape and place in a bowl. The fruit is now ready to serve. 

    Lychee is a refreshing end to a meal, but can also be added to fruit salads, sweet and sour dishes, and savory salads. You can also juice them to make syrup, ice cream, or tea. Lychee also goes great with other fruits like mango, coconut, banana, passion fruit, and pineapple. Consider other types of foods like cashews, mild cheeses, sesame, and blueberries. Try out some well-known lychee (litchi) recipes to put these alligator strawberries to the test.