A fruit, larger then a grape, coming in many colors in styles, the Lychee is one of my favorite fruits found in Southeast Asia.
How to eat a Lychee
Though Lychee flavored items are available in the States, I had never eaten one before coming to Southeast Asia. For those of you who aren’t familiar with eating a Lychee, there is an easy way to access it’s edible fruit.
While holding the fruit, press the fingernail of your thumb into the equator of the fruit and press, piercing the skin. Rotate and repeat until your cut has circled the fruit. (make sure your hands are clean as many travelers become ill after eating with dirty hands).
Next, place your hands on either side of the score and pull. One half of the skin will slide off.
Pinching the remaining skin will force the Lychee free, ready to eat.
Note that lychee has a large inedible seed or ‘pit’.
How Does a Lychee Taste?
Lychee reminded me of big grapes. They’re a bit sour and a little sweet but all in all, very grape like in texture an taste.