Make mouth-watering lychees an essential part of your summer meals.
Lychees are a small, round or oval fruit with bumpy, reddish-brown skin. The flesh is translucent white with a sweet, refreshing flavour and a texture similar to grapes. It contains a small, inedible stone.
Choose firm and plump lychees with unblemished skin. Avoid purchasing lychees with cracks in the skin.
You can store lychees for up to one week in a plastic bag in the fridge.Preparing: Simply peel and serve whole – just be sure to avoid the stone! Lychees can also be poached for sweet or savoury dishes, or added raw to salads.
Four quick ways with lychees
Sweeten up your favourite Thai-style stir-fry by adding peeled, de-stoned lychees just before serving. Lychees complement flavours like ginger, mint and coriander.
To balance the salty flavours of a mezze plate, try this sweet addition. Combine finely chopped almonds with low-fat cream cheese. Peel lychees and carefully remove stones. Fill lychees with cream cheese mixture and serve.
This delicious salad makes a great side dish to accompany grilled fish or chicken. Peel 15 lychees and remove stones. Peel 2 oranges and thinly slice into rounds. Combine lychees and orange rounds with baby spinach leaves and 1/2 diced avocado in a large bowl. Drizzle salad with balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar and top with chopped walnuts.
This light and delicious dessert is the perfect treat on a hot afternoon. In a food processor, purée 2 peeled and diced peaches, 6 peeled and de-stoned lychees, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 tablespoons caster sugar and 1 1/2 cups low-fat Greek-style yoghurt. Pour mixture into icy pole moulds and freeze until solid.
Did you know? 100g lychees (about 10) provides 100% of your RDI for vitamin C and contains only 296kJ.