Hey everyone, the Queen is back, it's lychee time of the year! Those gorgeous, sexy, succulent, rose tinged fruits of the the Chinese summer. Lychee is one of our favorite summer fruits, so juicy, so luscious, so distinctive in taste that 'lychee' has become a flavor in its own right. We have noticed the lychee's appearance for a couple of weeks, a bit small and green tinged at first, and we've been waiting for them to get bigger and rosier. Well, we finally went for a batch yesterday and boy, oh boy, they were perfect! It's Lychee Time of the Year!
Don't dawdle, though, cuz lychee is a seasonal fruit. It'll be around for about a month and then the Queen is gone until her grand appearance next year. And now is the peak of the season! Get your fix at the Hong Kong local wet market or at your local Asian market. Look for bright red plump lychee. Avoid green, brown or shrunken lychee. Try to get it with a bit of stem on if you're going to be keeping the lychee around for more than a day.
Even better, the 糯米糍 lychee is back, the lychee that is more juicy fruit flesh than seed. This is the best kind of lychee, varying by year and the crop, sometimes you get 糯米糍 lychee and sometimes you don't. Last year was a great year for these small seeded, juicy fleshed lychee and this year has shaped up into a continuation of the same.
For more on Lychee, Queen of Fruits, stories, history and storage tips see our previous post.
Rose Apple 蓮霧
Passion Fruit Ice Cream 百香果冰淇淋
Winter Jujubes 冬棗