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.
In Europe, fresh lychees are available from November to January, but they are most often sold canned, preserved in sugar syrup.