What is Lychee?
Lychee is an unusual and somewhat outlandish name. However, this fruit, like many other previously unknown to us, is not only tasty, but also beneficial for the human body.
Lychee - what is it?
What is lychee? Lychees - the so-called tree-like plant of the sapinda family - is an extremely large family, which includes 150 genera, and even more species - as many as 2000. Most of these species grow only in the tropics: in Asia, Africa, America, Australia (there are not lot).
Here we will tell you a little bit about those Lychees whose varieties grow in Asia. This fruit also has other names: “liji” and “fox”, such a name may give rise to the idea that Lychee comes from China.
Maybe this assumption makes sense. So, as Lychee actually used in Ancient China, documentary evidence dating back to the 2nd century BC tells us about it. Later, this fruit found itself in neighboring countries, where it was also appreciated and began to be grown throughout all of Southeast Asia, as well as on other continents.
Much later, only in the 17th century did Lychees enter European countries. Interested in the history of China, the writer of Spanish origin González de Mendoza gave a detailed description of the fruit in his book, where the Europeans first read about it.
The largest Lychee weighs almost 20 grams, the fruits are oval or ovoid in shape, with a diameter of up to 3.5 cm. The peel of the Lychee is dense, saturated red, very easily separable from the pulp, and appears to be pimply and tuberous. The pulp of the fruit is quite peculiar - glandular, cream or white, with a large brown seed inside. The pulp has a rather pleasant and refreshing sweet and sour taste and the aroma of the fruit is in no way inferior to the taste, I want to inhale it again and again.