Lychee season is here! Yummy yeah!! The glorious and sexy lychee fruit, beloved by Chinese emperors past, is the herald of real summer here in Hong Kong and the southern China regions. When one starts to see mounds of these luscious red fruit around you know that 1) the heat is here to stay and 2) that you can start indulging in tasty revels of sun kissed summer fruits. And of course the Queen of Summer Fruits here is none other than the lovely Lychee fruit, or 荔枝. And...psst...my fruit vendor told me just the other day that its been a bumper year for the lychee fruit and it's the best crop in terms of sweetest that they've had in many, many years!
The lychee fruit is originally from the Guangdong province, in the beginning simply plucked off of wild trees. The lychee is a produce that is singularly unlike the area it comes from: a sensual, wildly beautiful yet tenderly delicate fruit found amongst a land of people tough and practical and not fond of ostentation. Perhaps this very contrast is why it is so treasured a fruit here in the southern Chinese regions, even prompting my 老公's uncle, in a long long ago day, to steal the luscious berries from someone else's tree, getting shot in the arm in the process. (Ouch!)
|Flora Sinenis - Lychee. From one of the earliest natural history books about China. Jesuit Missionary author Michał Piotr Boym, 1656|
|Glutinous Rice Ball, Nuomici|
We have just had our first (of many!) sample of the lychee fruit this summer, dear readers, and it is soooo deliciously good this year! Just give it a good wash (just right before eating and not before), carefully peel off the thin skin, revealing the juicy sweet pearl inside and pop it into your mouth! Wow, wow! Yummilicious! The kiss of the summer sun, the fragrance of flowers, sweet, juicy, tender yet chewy! Lychee Fruit is truly the Queen of Summer Fruits!
So what are y'all waiting for?! Go right now and get some Lychee Fruit this hot summer day and treat yourself!
Tip: To store the lychee, keep them on the stem (at least a bit of the stem if not all) and store in the fridge. You can probably keep around 5 days or so (if they last that long!)
Tip Update: We have found that the best way to store lychee is to store them loose, without a bag or covering, in the fridge. The lychee skin will turn brown quickly but that will not effect the inside fruit at all. If you store them at room temp or in the fridge with a bag or covered they will sweat, which is a big no-no. Just take them out of the bag right away when you get home!
More Fruitilicious Summer Treats at The Hong Kong Cookery:
Rose Apple 蓮霧
Mango Ice Cream 芒果雪糕
Hong Kong Style Iced Lemon Tea 香港凍檸茶