Lychees are native to Southeast Asia. Sometimes known as the Chinese Cherry, they are actually not related to cherries at all, but are eaten in a similar way. No larger than 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter, they have a tough, inedible skin with a small seed inside. Their bumpy, protective light pink to deep red skin keeps the white fruit inside incredibly juicy. Crack open just below the stem and peel to expose the fruit, then eat like a cherry, disposing of the single pit inside. Aromatic and sweet, each Lychee releases a delightful burst of flavor. A good source of vitamin C and phosphorus, lychees are excellent eaten fresh. They are also often incorporated into desserts, or included in summer cocktails. Unfortunately, this fruit treat has limited availability, and can usually only be found fresh in stores from late spring until late summer.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup, 190 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 125
  • Calories from fat: 8
  • Fat: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.4g
    • Fiber: 2.5g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 1.6g
  • Vitamin A: 0%
  • Vitamin C: 226%
  • Calcium: 1%
  • Iron: 3%


Handling & Storage


Lychee is available fresh from Florida in June and July. Supplies are available from Mexico as early as May and sometimes last through July. Shipments arrive from Taiwan July through August and from Israel August and September.

Also Known As

  • Litchi
  • Lichee
  • Lichi

Store around 50° F.

  • Litchi chinensis


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