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Litchi (Lychee)

Discover the unique taste of the juicy Asian 'apple'

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Litchi (or lychee) fruit was brought to India in the 17th century. In Asia, this fruit is as popular as apples among Westerns. The harvest occurs in May and June (in some areas until July), with the most prolific batch coming in early June.

Litchi is a one-seeded nut with very juicy, sweet pulp reminiscent of a pear or grapes by taste and its fragrance is floral and musky. Although it is mostly eaten fresh, sometimes it is also juiced. Sun-dried and oven-dried litchi are also popular and resemble raisins. By the way, litchi can be frozen which makes its usage much more convenient and economical.

Litchi (Lychee) in India - Best Season

Litchi is famous for its anti-cancer properties, keeps digestion strong, reduces weight, and protects the skin. But, these are not its only health-benefits. Litchi is an excellent source of Vitamin C, rich in dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium which makes this fruit almost almighty.

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