Lychee fruit is produced on an attractive, slow growing evergreen tree that originates from China. The tree has pinate leaves with a shiny leather texture and fruit that grows in clusters. When ripe, the fruit is 1 1/2 inches long and has a reddish-brown color and rough skin. The flesh of the fruit is creamy white, sweet, and firm with a touch of astringency. They can be eaten fresh, canned, or dried into lychee nuts. Nutritionally, they are an excellent source of vitamin C and phosphorus.
The lychee fruit we were served was canned and garnished with small, red berries. Delicious!