Recipes with Lychee

by admin on July 19, 2010

lychees in a bowl

lychees in a bowl

Lychee is a juicy fruit that belongs to the soapberry family. Because of its health benefits, it is also known as an antioxidant fruit. It is a tropical tree that is found widely in southern China, northern Vietnam, the Phillipines, and southern Taiwan. India usually has lychee in the summer as a seasonal fruit, called lychee fruit.  Lychee has a taste that resembles that of a grape, but looks like a strawberry.  This fruit has health benefits as well. It is good for gastrointestinal health and has anti-breast cancer properties. It also has 72 mg of vitamin C for every 100 grams. It is rich in vitamin C and potassium also. The skin of the lychee fruit cannot be eaten as it is too tough. 

Lychee recipes come in many categories from the appetizers to the soups. The lychee recipes include cooking tips and substitutions. Lychees are available dried and canned. Once they are dried, most people refer to them as lychee nuts. Before being able to use lychees in recipes, they must be peeled in order to get to the part of the flesh that is able to be eaten. The outer skin is tough and leather-like, and must be removed before eating (similar to a pomegranate). There are a few who use their fingernail to dig in the lychee stem and peel the skin from there. If your recipe calls for a large amount of lychee, it is recommended to use a serrated knife to cut the skin around the seed length wise.

What recipes do you use lychee in?

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