The lychee is a fruit that originated in China and is now grown in the Far East and the West Indies. It's about the size of a small plum and has a thin, hard, rough shell that comes away easily from the flesh. The white, juicy flesh has a similar texture to grapes but is more chewy, with a delicate scent. There is a large dark brown stone in the centre.
Recipes using lychee
In Europe, fresh lychees are available from November to January, but they are most often sold canned, preserved in sugar syrup.