What is lychee: the whole truth about the overseas fruit

What is lychee: the whole truth about the overseas fruit

😉 Greetings, dear readers! Recently, at the Lenta supermarket, an exotic fruit caught my attention. It is called lychee. Naturally, the questions arose: what is lychee and how is it?

Many buyers twisted and twisted strange fruits in their hands, carefully examined, but did not dare to buy a "foreigner".

Lychee fruit - what is it

Lychee is an oval fruit (2-4 cm) of an evergreen fruit tree native to Southeast China and Thailand.

The fruits also have other names: Chinese plum, "dragon's eye", liji, laysi, fox. Inside the fruit there is a jelly-like pulp with a pleasant sweet and sour taste. An oval bone is present.

What is lychee: the whole truth about the overseas fruit

According to an ancient legend 4000 years ago, the Chinese emperor Wu Di ordered his gardeners to plant lychee trees in the northern regions of the country. Unfortunately, tree transplants from southern China were unsuccessful. This infuriated the ruler, he ordered the execution of all the court gardeners.

In warm European countries, this fruit tree appeared only in the 17th century, thanks to Spanish travelers.

Calorie lychee

100 grams of the product contains:

  • Calorie content - 7o kcal
  • Protein - 0.8 g
  • Fat - 0.4 gr.
  • Lots of complex carbohydrates - 17 g
  • Pectins
  • Cellulose
  • Sugar from 6 to 18% (depending on the variety)
  • Water (liquid) up to 75%
  • B vitamins
  • Vitamins C, K, E, PP, H,
  • Potassium, calcium, iron, fluorine, selenium, magnesium, sulfur, iodine, copper, zinc, manganese
  • High content of niacin
What is lychee: the whole truth about the overseas fruit

Useful properties of lychee

  • "Chinese plum" perfectly quenches thirst and hunger
  • Ideal for overweight people
  • Prevention of atherosclerosis
  • Cleansing the blood from bad cholesterol
  • Normalization of metabolism in the body
  • With cardiovascular diseases (nicotinic acid dilates blood vessels)
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Normalizes blood clotting (vit. K)
  • Increases immunity (high content of Vit. C)
  • Has a diuretic effect
  • It is an antioxidant and antiviral agent due to the presence of polyphenol
  • Is an aphrodisiac that stimulates male potency
  • Reduce the risk of developing cancer
  • Useful for colds, coughs (expectorant)
  • Normalizes the activity of the digestive tract
  • Diet with this fruit gives the desired results
  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps with anemia (iron)
  • Help with depression and neuroses, relieve fatigue (decoction of the peel)
  • For angina, pharyngitis and laryngitis - gargling with a decoction of flowers
  • Effective for vitamin deficiency
  • Recommended for diabetes and hypoglycemia
  • Heals edema and kidneys, removes excess water from the body
  • Suitable for a diet with stomach ulcers, gastritis, liver and pancreas diseases
  • In combination with lemongrass, they treat cancer
  • Increases lactation when breastfeeding babies
  • Suitable for restoring the body after physical exertion
  • Widely used in oriental medicine
What is lychee: the whole truth about the overseas fruit

Lychee: contraindications

These fruits have no direct contraindications

  • Individual intolerance
  • It is unsafe to eat on an empty stomach due to organic acids that irritate the stomach wall
  • When overeating fruits, flatulence is possible.
  • Children are advised to eat no more than 100 grams per day.
  • Do not eat the fruit with the seed, it is dangerous!

How to peel lychee

"Dragon's eye" is easy to clean (like a boiled egg). Be sure to wash the fruit! From the side of the stalk, use a knife to cut the peel, then continue to peel with your hands, peeling off the peel. Cut the pulp in half to remove the pit. Now enjoy the unique taste of the “overseas fruit”.

🙂 Stop! Do not get carried away! 100 grams will be enough. And one more nuance: you need to eat lychees separately from other fruits, so as not to provoke flatulence.

How to store lychee

If the fruit has been harvested for a long time, the rind will be hard and dark brown. If the fruits are burgundy red and firm, they were picked recently. They are tastier and juicier.

The beneficial properties of the fruit are preserved in dried form.

  • Fresh fruits are stored at room temperature for up to 3-4 days
  • In the refrigerator - 10 days
  • At a temperature of + 7 ° C, the fruit is stored for up to 30 days
  • Peeled and frozen - up to 3 months


Here is additional information "Lychee: benefits and harms to health"

Friends, I hope that now you will not pass by the counter with these exotic fruits! 😉 Life is great!

What is lychee: the whole truth about the overseas fruit

LycheeLychee (fox, liji, Chinese plum, dragon's eye) is a small exotic fruit (weighing 20 - 25 grams) that grows on evergreen trees of the Sapindov family. The homeland of the fruit is the south of China (Fujian and Gundong provinces). The culture of lychee cultivation has spread to the coastal islands and neighboring regions of Southeast Asia. Today, the Chinese plum is cultivated in India, Burma, England, France, Japan, Philippines, Madagascar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Brazil, South Africa, Hawaii. However, in terms of crop volumes and planting areas, China occupies an honorable first place.

"Overseas berries" are extremely useful for the human body, as they contain a wide range of essential substances. The dragon's eye normalizes metabolic processes, stimulates the production of gastric juice, fights atherosclerosis, and exhibits tonic properties. Freshly squeezed juice gives courage, restores lost strength, fills with energy. It is believed that lychee is a natural aphrodisiac that has a beneficial effect on the human hormonal system. In India, the berries of the Chinese plum are called the fruit of love and were used in antiquity as a love potion that enhances sexual desire.

Chemical composition

Lychee is the record holder among fruits in terms of vitamin C and potassium content.

Outside, the fruit is covered with a red inedible bumpy crust, under which "hides" a jelly-like pulp (white). In the "heart" of the berry there is a large bone, which is used in medicine for the treatment of neurological and digestive disorders. Due to the unusual combination of light pulp and dark seed, the plant is called the "dragon's eye". Lychee fruits have a sweet and sour slightly astringent taste, reminiscent of a mixture of grapes, citrus and mint.

Interestingly, in ancient times, the Chinese plum was considered the fruit of rich, noble people. The poor were engaged in the collection and transportation of the crop, and the slightest taste of the fruit turned out to be the death penalty for them.

Table number 1 "Chemical composition of lychee"
Nutrient name Substance content in 100 grams of exotic fruit, milligram
Vitamin C 39.2
Vitamin B4 7.1
Vitamin B3 (PP) 0.6
Vitamin E 0.5
Vitamin B5 0.25
Vitamin B1 0.05
Vitamin B2 0.05
Vitamin B9 0.025
Vitamin K 0.01
Vitamin B6 0.01
Vitamin H (B7) 0.0005
Potassium 180
Phosphorus 33
Magnesium ten
Calcium 9
Sodium 3
Chlorine 3
Sulfur 0.019
Trace elements
Iron 0.35
Copper 0.14
Zinc 0.07
Manganese 0.055
Fluorine 0.01
Iodine 0.0016
Selenium 0.0006

100 grams of lychee pulp contains 66 kilocalories. The energy ratio B: W: Y is 5%: 6%: 92%.

Interestingly, in China, the fruit is used to make wine “awakening love and invigorating the soul”, carbonated drinks, syrup, juices, and liqueur. Lychees are used for making salads, filling for pies, sweet and sour sauce for fish, meat dishes.

The subtleties of choosing exotic fruits

The subtleties of choosing lychee fruitsThe natural ripening time of the fruit is July-September. At room temperature, the fetus is stored for 4 - 5 days, in the refrigerator (0 - 6 degrees above zero) - 3 - 4 weeks. However, the longer a food is stored, the less nutrients it retains.

Criteria for choosing lychee:

  1. The color and structure of the peel. Fresh ripe fruit varies in color from bright pink to scarlet. To the touch, such fruits are soft, but elastic. Their skin is uniform without damage, blotches and spots.

A “soft” brown skin indicates that the product has deteriorated and is not suitable for consumption. The light pink hue of the fruit indicates that the fruit is plucked green and is at the stage of "ripening".

  1. The place where the petiole is attached to the fruit. Fresh fruits are always sold together "with a branch". The peel of such fruits (around the places of "attachment") is homogeneous without traces of mold, cracks and spots.
  2. Shaking sound. When a ripe lychee is tapped, a characteristic dull ringing is heard. If, with a slight shake, the fruit does not make sounds, then putrefactive processes develop inside.
  3. Aroma. Fresh lychee fruits exude an unobtrusive floral scent with a light "trail" of a tea rose. An improperly ripe or overripe fruit has a sharp sugary aroma, while rotten fruit has notes of mold.
  4. Dimensions. The diameter of a tropical berry ranges from 2.5 to 4 centimeters. Too large fruit size signals that the fruit has been fertilized with chemicals.

Remember, 70% of lychee fruits are picked "for export" still green (to increase shelf life).

During transportation, they "ripen", acquiring a pale pink color and a heavy sugary smell. Considering that unripe lychees contain 50% fewer nutrients than ripe ones, it is better to buy an “overseas product” in the season of mass fruiting (in early autumn).

Exotic fruits are consumed not only fresh, they can be dried (peeled), frozen and preserved (peeled).

Healing properties and contraindications

The usefulness of a tropical fruit is due to its rich ingredient composition (proteins, pectins, vitamins, macro- and microelements).

The healing properties of lycheeThe effect of lychee on the human body:

  • stabilizes blood sugar levels;
  • strengthens the heart muscle, normalizes the heart rate, reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks;
  • neutralizes the action of free radicals, slows down the development of malignant neoplasms (together with lemongrass);
  • enhances male potency, libido in women (as an aphrodisiac);
  • strengthens the walls of blood vessels, dissolves harmful cholesterol, prevents the development of thrombosis;
  • increases vitality;
  • improves digestion, stimulates intestinal motility (crushed seeds);
  • strengthens the immune system;
  • reduces excessive appetite, quenches thirst, accelerates metabolism;
  • increases the concentration of hemoglobin in the blood;
  • improves the functional state of the liver;
  • removes excess fluid from the body;
  • relieves pain in neuralgia (seeds);
  • increases lactation (due to the expansion of the lumen of blood vessels);
  • enhances blood circulation in the brain;
  • reduces anxiety.

The daily norm of lychee for adults is 150-200 grams (not on an empty stomach), for children - 100 grams. Reception of exotic fruits begins with small portions (20 - 40 grams per day), controlling the condition of the skin. Uncontrolled use of Chinese plums is fraught with the development of individual intolerance, nosebleeds, overexcitation of the nervous system, and lesions of the oral mucosa.

Remember, the red color of the lychee peel signals a high allergenicity of the product.

In addition, the fruit is consumed with caution in case of gout, erosive gastritis, renal failure.

Lychee should not be combined with starchy and meat products, in order to avoid the development of digestive dysfunctions (heartburn, "heaviness" in the abdomen, pain, gas, diarrhea).

In addition to pulp, seeds, flowers and fruit rind are used in folk medicine. For example, a decoction of crushed lychee seeds is a pain reliever (helps with neuralgia), tea from fruit skins is a natural “energotonic”, a flower infusion is an antiseptic “solution” for gargling the throat (for pharyngitis, sore throat and laryngitis).

How to grow a lychee from a bone?

According to an ancient legend, the Chinese emperor ordered the execution of gardening workers because they could not grow an exotic fruit at court.

How to grow lychee from a boneLychee is considered a problematic and very whimsical plant. It is difficult to grow it at home, but it is possible.

To do this, the following recommendations must be observed:

  1. Separate the seeds from the pulp, rinse in warm water.
  2. Plant the extracted (fresh) bones in individual containers (soil - light breathable with a pH of 5.5 - 7.5).
  3. Build a "greenhouse" over the pots. To do this, use cling film or a plastic bag.
  4. Place the pots in a warm place (under a radiator or near a stove). The optimum temperature for seed growth is 30 - 35 degrees.
  5. Ventilate the greenhouse (daily), controlling the humidity level. If the soil looks dry, spray it with a spray bottle. Seeds hatch for 10-14 days.
  6. Remove the plastic bag after germination.
  7. Move the pot to the windowsill, shade the seedlings for 3-4 weeks (as they are sensitive to bright light).
  8. Move the young plant to a permanent light spot.

For the successful cultivation of lychee, it is important to take into account the cyclical ontogenesis of the plant (which differs from the phases of development of other exotic fruits). Intensive growth of seedlings begins on the 10th day after the emergence of shoots and continues until the height of the shoots reaches 15 - 20 centimeters. Then the visible development of the tree stops (at 1 - 2 years of life). During this period, the seedling is actively growing the root system. However, at this stage, most flower growers make the mistake of intensively feeding a "dormant" plant. As a result, the natural development cycle is disrupted, an exotic fruit, in 50% of cases, gets sick.

The second common mistake when caring for wood is careless hydro mode. Given that lychee has superficial strong roots, the plant does not tolerate drought and overflow. The soil should be moistened a little only after the top layer has dried. At the same time, it is better to combine "lower" and "upper" irrigation. Along with this, the crown of a tropical fruit is regularly sprayed with warm water (2 - 3 times a day). However, do not be discouraged if, after a few years, a mature tree sheds its foliage. This is a normal phenomenon, since every 3 to 4 years, the crown of the plant is renewed.

To enhance the vegetative growth of the seedling, improve the appearance of foliage, increase resistance to harmful microorganisms, mycorrhiza (symbiotic fungi) is introduced under young lychees. This culture stimulates the formation of root microvilli, as a result of which the seedling receives more nutrients from the soil.

Lychee is a thermophilic tree that needs a long day of light (13-15 hours a day) and a "cold" temperature regime (at least 20 degrees) in the autumn-winter time.

Remember, even with proper care of the plant, the fruiting of the culture occurs only at 9 - 10 years.


Lychee is a valuable exotic fruit that belongs to the category of low-calorie foods.

The nutritious fruit is very useful for the human body, as it contains a large amount of vitamins (B, C, E, K) and minerals (potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese). In addition, the "Chinese plum" contains dietary fiber (fiber), carotenoids, complex carbohydrates, protein structures, fatty acids, and water. The concentration of saccharides in the product varies from 6 to 15%, depending on the region where the tree grows.

With regular intake of the fruit, the work of the heart muscle is normalized, digestion improves, male potency and female libido increase, body swelling decreases, blood sugar levels stabilize, lipid metabolism is restored, and visual acuity increases.

Add lychee to your daily diet and you will get rid of the blues, fatigue and bad mood!

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For some time now, more and more exotic fruits have begun to appear on the shelves of our supermarkets. Already you will not surprise anyone with pineapple, kiwi, banana, figs or coconut. All this has already been touched and tried more than once. But some fruits from equatorial countries still cause some concerns among Russians. Seeing something unusual red or yellow in a basket on the market, many avert their eyes and do not ask so as not to seem uninformed.

Well, those who are still few who have visited the Bahamas, the Maldives, Honduras, etc. sometimes, with the air of connoisseurs, they take these round and oblong and flat fruits, and when they come home they try to use the Internet to find out what it is and what it is eaten with.

To some extent, they are right, asking our sellers is often useless, because you can hear something completely different from what this fruit actually represents. For example - lychee fruit. And why not hear about these reddish fruits in the pimples, the ears fade. But in fact, lychee is a very tasty and healthy fruit. Let's try to tell everything that we could learn about this fruit.


Where and how does it grow?

Sometimes lychees are called Chinese plums, and for good reason. It really is somewhat like a plum, and besides, it is in the south of China that this plant is quite widespread and from there it began its journey to other countries. Now they are found in various countries in Asia, America and Africa. This is an evergreen rather tall plant, usually about 10 meters high, but it can be even higher. Grows in well-moist, fertile soils. It grows rather slowly, begins to bear fruit only at 8-9 years. Bears abundantly only in dry subtropics. This fruit tolerates a humid tropical climate, but does not produce fruit, and it is not possible to grow a full-fledged fruiting plant at home.


Leaves are oblong, dark green and shiny. Blooms yellowish, with stamens sticking out in all directions, whitish flowers, exuding a strong aroma. The flowers are collected in large inflorescences similar to umbrellas, sometimes up to half a meter long.


The fruits ripen in June. Despite the fact that the inflorescences are quite large, the fruits are 4-5 times less, because most of the flowers crumble. And still, the tree as a whole gives a fairly large harvest. When assembling, the entire crop is plucked and stored on the branches, because separately plucked fruits quickly deteriorate.


The fruits themselves are relatively small - on average, about three to four centimeters in diameter. In shape, they can be either oval or ovoid, depending on the variety. Such a fruit weighs about twenty grams. Outside, they have a rather dense red peel in small pimples. The flesh is white or creamy and looks like jelly. Inside, a large brown kernel. The ripe fruits taste sweet and sour, quite pleasant with a bright aroma. Probably because the core is clearly visible in the cut, the Chinese often call this fruit "dragon's eye".


The benefits and harms of lychee

By its composition, lychee fruits contain a large amount of trace elements: iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iodine, manganese and fluorine. The sugar content is in the range of 6-14%, depending on the place of growth. Fats, proteins, carbohydrates and dietary fiber are also present in small amounts. They contain a sufficient amount of B vitamins, as well as vitamins C, E, H and K. The nutritional value of the product is not more than 75 kcal per 100 grams. Low calorie content, in a not entirely understandable way, is combined with high satiety. You can eat them in almost unlimited quantities, while satisfying your hunger well, but without getting a lot of calories. This property is indispensable for people who are overweight.

Given the high content of vitamin C and trace elements of potassium, lychees are acceptable in the diet of people suffering from diseases of the cardiovascular system. In China, it has been practiced for a long time in folk medicine in the treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis. It effectively helps lower cholesterol levels. It is a good tonic for the whole body. Probably not for nothing that the inhabitants of India, Nepal, Pakistan consider lychees the fruit of love. For this purpose, a decoction made from the skin of the fruit is used. Such a decoction is also effective in removing excess fluid from the body, it has a beneficial effect on kidney function.


This exotic fruit has many beneficial properties. It perfectly quenches thirst, especially in the heat. Regulates the work of the stomach and intestines, helping to relieve constipation. It can help people who want to lose weight well. It is useful to eat lychee for people with anemia, diabetes, gastritis, peptic ulcer, liver and pancreas diseases. In Tibetan medicine, lychee combined with lemongrass is practiced in the treatment of oncology. It is also effective in helping to lower blood sugar in diabetes. It is quite enough 10 fruits per day to normalize sugar levels. The drug "oligonol", obtained from fruits, appeared in pharmacies. It is an antioxidant and is recommended for a variety of diseases. In addition, it is used to reduce weight and slow down aging.


Many Asian countries, given the increased interest in lychee fruits in Europe, began to grow entire plantations of these trees. The harvest taken with branches can be stored for a long enough time, which allows it to be transported without problems. Useful properties are preserved for a long time in dried and frozen form. Frozen fruits can be stored for more than a month, while they do not lose their taste and healing properties. But nevertheless, when buying, you need to carefully examine the appearance and condition of the fruit. Do not buy if their skin has darkened. Buy only those that have no external defects and have a deep red color.


Hardly ever. They can be harmful only with individual intolerance. However, it is necessary to know that too much in food does not use them. Adults are quite enough 200-250 grams per day. For children, this rate is better reduced to 100 grams. Otherwise, in some, allergic reactions in the form of acne on the skin or on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity are possible.


How eating lychee?

Usually they are consumed in a fresh form: wash, carefully remove the peel, remove the kernel, the pulp is ready to use. In addition, the flesh is very well added to sauces and desserts. And if it is added to dry wine or champagne, it turns out an amazing taste of a drink. The Chinese make wine from alone lychee fruit, taste specific.


Perfectly suitable for serving fish and meat dishes instead of olives. It combines well with hot ditch, lamb, pork. Very good in salads. Enjoy your meal!

Many times saw this wonder, and it was not solved. What is lychee fruit - a million question. Until you try - you will not understand. Looks like a Christmas tree toy. It seems not to say that edible. And today they give, I think I will venture!

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lychee - dragon eye

Lychee (Chinese plum, human, lisi) - sour-sweet fruit size with walnut. Wkitai is pathetic called the eye dragon. Similarity is definitely traced, just look at the cleaned berry. Red eyelids, white pulp. Caurupious body, and a bone - a narrow pupil 😉

The fruit is covered with a dense peel of red or brown with characteristic tubercles. She is not eaten. Inside there is a sweet jelly mass. Sometimes there is a lightweight tartness in it, and the smell resembles a gentle fragrance of flowers.

Berries are growing on tropical evergreen trees. China and North Vietnam consider birthday plants. There it is cultivated from the second millennium to our era.

Fruit delicates for the Chinese Imperial Palace. They are used in demand. There was a special courier service, caught by the delivery of fresh harvest from Guangdong Province.

Today, they are grown in Australia, Brazil, USA, South Africa countries. This is one of the Isazed Popular Fruits of Southeast Asia. He fell into Europe in the 17th century.

It is sold fresh, canned or dried in supermarkets worldwide. The product is used to prepare hot dishes, snacks. It is added to drinks and desserts.

Berries are put in salads and ice cream. Of them make smoothies, jelly. The fruits can be preserved with sugar (we often find on sale), dried. The Chinese of them produce wine, liqueurs and gas.

Lychee fruit : What in the composition?

Products nice taste and nutritional value. There are many fiber of Ivitamin C. Calorie 100 g of only 66 kcal.

lychee photo in store

Vitamin composition is presented in the table. Data taken with USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

Name Number per 100 g mg % daily norm
Tiamine 0.011 0,7
Riboflavin 0.065 3.6
Choline 7.1 1,4.
Pyridoxin 0.1. 5
Folates 1,4. 3.5
Ascorbinka 71.5 79,4.
Pp. 0,603 3

Askidim, "not thick" for all points, except ascorbic. Here is the lychee - the absolute recordsman. Types of things will provide 80% of the daily need.

The balance of macro and trace elements is presented below.

Name Amount per 100 grams, mg % daily norm
Potassium 171. 6.8.
Calcium 50.5
Magnesium ten 2.5
Phosphorus 31. 3.9
Iron 0.31 1.7
Manganese 0.055 2.8
Copper 14.8 14.8
Selenium 0.06 1.1
Zinc 0.07 0.6

In addition, essential amino acids can be found in fruits:

  • lysine,
  • methionine,
  • tryptophan.

What is the benefit?

Lychee is low in calories, does not contain fat, rich in pectins, dietary fiber. This is a great snack. It is convenient to take it with you on the road or to work. It gives a feeling of satiety, discourages cravings for sweets.

The fruit normalizes metabolic processes, improves the condition of the gastrointestinal tract, protects against atherosclerosis.

In many sources there is information that berries are good for the heart, as they contain a lot of potassium. I doubt it very much.

half peeled dragon eye

A handful, eaten on the occasion, will cover 6.8% of the daily requirement and will not do the "weather". It is much more effective to buy dried figs, in which this element is 5 times more. Or dried apricots, where its concentration is much higher.

Magnesium is also a little. I would not bet on lychee in case of heart disease. It is much more interesting for antioxidants and other unique compounds. Their study is still over.

Like any food, the fruit has its own health pros and cons. Today scientists are actively investigating its properties.

Supports Immunity

The fruits are saturated with ascorbic acid, one of the main vitamins for relieving colds and protecting against viral infections.

Possesses antiviral properties

Molecular Vision magazine published a joint work of Chinese and Thai doctors in February 2016. Experiments have shown that lychee extract blocks the growth of the herpes virus.

Normalizes blood sugar

Regular inclusion of Dragon Eye on the menu helps to reduce insulin resistance and control blood sugar levels. This conclusion was made by experts from the Taiwanese National Cheng Kung University.

peeled lychee fruit

Relieves inflammation

The fruit contains many antioxidants that reduce chronic inflammation and prevent the buildup of free radicals. The inedible peel is rich in polyphenols, polysaccharides, and other active compounds.

Has anti-tumor properties

PloS One Magazine (8 Sep 2017) published an article by Italian medics from the University of Palermo. They provided evidence for the potential anti-tumor activity of lychee peel extract.

Supports Brain Function

Chinese doctors have found active compounds in the seeds that prevent neuronal damage. Experiments in rats have demonstrated their ability to improve cognitive function. Studies have confirmed that the Dragon Eye is an effective aid in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

What should you pay attention to?

The main contraindication is individual intolerance. Overeating can cause diarrhea. Eating a large number of unripe fruits on an empty stomach causes a dangerous condition - hypoglycemic encephalopathy.

Cases of mass poisoning of children are recorded every year in India. Unripe fruits of fox contain special amino acids. They actively break down glucose and reduce its blood levels. If the level is initially low (in case of malnutrition), then the consequences can be dire. Up to death.

For the domestic consumer, lychee is an unusual food, so you should try it carefully. Make sure the body responds satisfactorily to the new product. Be aware of the risk of allergies.

If you have never eaten a fruit, introduce it into your diet gradually. Start with one thing, watch the reaction. Nutritionists advise against consuming more than 10-20 berries per day.

Healing properties

For Russia, lychee is exotic, but in oriental folk medicine it is very popular. In Japan, the drug Oligonol is produced from it. He is prescribed to preserve youth and fight a number of diseases.

exotic berries on the counter

The Chinese use lychee to prevent atherosclerosis and other pathologies of the cardiovascular system. With its help, diseases of the kidneys, urinary tract, colds and tuberculosis are treated. Regular consumption lowers cholesterol.

Traditional Chinese medicine ascribes warming properties to the fruit. It is believed to heal the digestive system, improve blood composition, increase appetite, and maintain the health of the spleen.

Ayurveda prescribes the use of lychee to solve gynecological problems and normalize the menstrual cycle. Hindus believe that fruits reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

In Hindu medicine, the berry is considered an aphrodisiac. It stimulates sex drive, improves sexual function.

Where to buy lychee fruit, how to choose and save?

In our supermarkets, lychees usually don't look very attractive. The fruits are poorly preserved and suffer greatly during transportation. Freshly plucked from a tree - brighter and more appetizing. They are distinguished by their red color. Those that took a long time to get to the counter are brown or pinkish.

This does not affect the beneficial properties. The main thing is that there are no dents, damage, signs of mold on the berries.

Fruits are stored at room temperature for several days. In the cold, they will lie for a week or one and a half. At a temperature of 5-7 degrees, it will last a month, and in the freezer - up to 90 days.

With that being said, buying canned lychees isn't a bad idea. Fuss less with them, and the taste is just as good. Most importantly, check the expiration date and composition.

How is lychee eaten, how to peel it?

The easiest way is to eat it fresh. To do this, you need to wash the fruit, peel, remove the seed. Pry off a thin dry peel with a knife, break off in pieces. The process reminded me of peeling chestnuts.

After that, you need to separate the bone. It's easy. It is large and stands out in color. What is left is a delicate fragrant pulp. Its taste cannot be compared to anything else. It is worth doing all these manipulations.

So we figured out what a lychee fruit is. If you see it in a store, don't walk by. Take a handful, what if you like it? The price does not bite (125 rubles per kilogram), and trying new things is so interesting!

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