Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Meet the Lychee Fruit

Have you ever heard of a fruit called Lychee
[pronounced lee'-chee]
Me either... Until my massage lady and dear friend, Margie, gave me one!

I don't know about you, but if I saw this thing in the wild I would not think it was edible.  Lychee fruit almost looks intimidating to me.  Yet when you peel off it's red spiny shell a soft grape-like (super sweet and juicy) fruit is revealed!

Warning, don't bite it like a grape! 
There is a seed or nut in the middle, eat the fruit around that. Yum!

Lychee fruit grows on trees in tropical areas of the globe with origins in China.  This fruit is from Margie's mothers home on Florida's east coast.  Eat local!

What's your favorite kind of exotic fruit?

Au revoir!

P.S. I still have aspirations of eating more locally produced food. It's about time for another adventure to the farmer's markets!


margaret said...

Casey Leigh -

I bought Lychee nuts today at a Chinese market in Gainesville - 2.99/#....yum....I thought about Margie too....Margie introduced me to lychee nuts too...

I love you,

Casey Leigh said...

Neat! Love you Mom!

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

I had the chance to try lychee nuts that grow in my aunt's yard but I couldn't remember the name to share it on my blog. Anyway, I googled it and found your blog! I borrowed your picture and linked it back here and cited you. I hope that's okay.

Casey said...

Hi Kirsten! Sure, that's fine. Thanks for mentioning my blog. :)

Kate said...

My boys love my lychee, but I have not found them in Texas much. My French roommate from college used to call them la réunion because that is where her friend's dad brought them back from to France. LOL