10 Facts about Lychee

Post On: April 1, 2017
By: Agustina
In: Plants

If you want to know a unique tropical fruit from China, look at Facts about Lychee. The major producer of lychees in the world is China.  The first cultivation of lychees was dated back in 1059 AD in Fujian and Guangdong provinces of China. Other notable producers of lychees include South Africa, India and other countries in Southeast Asia. People call this fruit in various names such as lichee, li zhi, lizhi, liche, litche or liechee. It is included as a member of soapberry family of Sapindaceae.

Facts about Lychee 1: the fruit

The primary commodity taken from lychee is the fruit. The pink-red color is found at the outer part of lychee fruit. The inner part is fleshy.

Facts about Lychee 2: how to serve lychee

Lychees are often served fresh to avoid the lack of flavor. If lychee has the canning process, the flavor will disappear.

Facts about Lychee

Facts about Lychee

Facts about Lychee 3: the nutrients

Do you know the major nutrients found in lychee? Phytochemicals are the primary nutrient, which may benefit the body.

Facts about Lychee 4: seed

Do not consume the seed for it contains methylenecyclopropylglycine. If you eat it, you may experience hypoglycemia.

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Facts about Lychee 5: the height of lychee tree

The height of most lychee trees is not more than 49 feet or 15 meter. It is rare to find the tree reaching the height of 92 feet or 28 metres.  It has the brownish-red branches and grey-black barks. The leaves feature 2 until 4 pairs of leaflets. The length of leaves is around 3.9 to 9.8 inches or 10 to 25 cm.



Facts about Lychee 6: the fleshy fruits

If you are interested to have lychee at home, you need to look after it well.  You can get the fleshy fruit by waiting for 80 to 112 days. During the short period, the fruit is mature.

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Facts about Lychee 7: the harvesting time

The harvesting time of lychee depends on a number of factors such as cultivar type, location and climate.

Facts about Lychee 8: the fruit shape and size

The fruit has the weight of 20 gram. It has the width and length of 4 cm and 5 cm respectively. Most lychee fruits have the heart shaped, ovoid or round shaped.

Lychee Facts

Lychee Facts

Facts about Lychee 9: the fruit color

The outer part of lychee fruit is pink-red if it is mature. When it is immature, the outer part is green.

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Facts about Lychee 10: the seed size

The seed size has the width of 0.6 to 1.2 cm and length of 1 to 3.3 cm. The seed is inedible.

Are you well informed after reading facts about lychee?