In recent years, a fruit with an exotic appearance and the unfamiliar name lychee has appeared on the market.
Lychee fruits grow in clusters on a tree (10-30 meters high). The plant grows in Southeast Asia, the southern United States and the African continent. The most delicious and juicy varieties of the exotic fruit are grown in China and Thailand.
With its unusual for our latitudes and unusual appearance, lychee can raise questions about its consumption. How to wash lychee? Can the whole fruit be eaten? Does lychee need to be peeled? Does something need to be removed? What is lychee? What can it be used for?
Since the fruit grows far and travels a long way to reach the our markets and be fit for sale, it may be treated with a preparation or something else to increase its durability and quality.
Therefore, initially lychee should be washed well under running water. And if you want, you can leave it to soak in water.
You can then peel the lychee with your hands and if it has ripened very well, it should crack between the two halves of its hairy peel.
If necessary, you can also use a knife to cut the lychee. You could also remove the seed if you are going to use lychee for a salad or garnish or for recipes such as lychee ice cream.
See also how lychee fights the appetite.