An ancient Chinese fruit, Lychee is the fruit of a tropical and sub-tropical tree native to China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The rough pink red rind is peeled to reveal a creamy white pulp, similar in texture to grapes, with a floral perfume and a fragrant, sweet flavour. Records of lychee consumption in China go back to 2000 BC and it was certainly a delicacy of the Chinese Imperial Court, where fresh lychee was couriered in on fast horses. Today they are widely available fresh and tinned, and are cultivated in many tropical climates around the world.
Fresh lychees are available from November to January and add an Asian flavour to fish dishes and an Oriental twist to desserts such as coconut rice pudding with lychees. Add the delicate perfumed taste of the Orient to your cocktails, lemonades, teas and smoothies with MONIN Lychee syrup.