Popular varieties

Lychees have been cultivated in their native southern China for centuries. Their popularity has seen them spread worldwide for commercial cultivation.

They were introduced into Australia in the 1870s by Chinese gold seekers. It is Chinese tradition to offer lychees as a New Year good-luck charm because they are considered a symbol of romance.

Characteristics

Lychees are oval to round, depending on variety, and measure about 3 cm in diameter. They have a leathery, scaly, skin, which ranges in colour from pink to red. The flesh is semi-translucent, firm and jelly-like, containing a shiny brown seed.

Taste

Tangy, sweet and juicy.