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June 11, 2008
Posted by talin

Lychees are now in season

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LycheesStarting a bit early this year, lychees are now in season.  The lychee (pronounced “lee-chee”) is a fruit originating in southern China, but is now found throughout the world in sub-tropical climates.  Most people are familiar with them from Chinese restaurants, where the soggy fruit is served from a can, and is swimming in heavy syrup.

However, the real fruit is much better!  The golf ball-sized, fruit is sweet, crispy, juicy, and oh-so-wonderful when served chilled.  Just peel the red skin with your fingers and take a bite!  Just be careful not to eat the pit.  The texture and consistency of the flesh is similar to a crispy, peeled grape.

Talin Market’s best lychees are from Taiwan and China.  Don’t be fooled into buying the kind grown in Mexico that you’ll find in other stores – those south of the border transplants are smaller, sour and have large pits.  The ones that we carry are some of the best in the world, offering large fruit with sweet and succuelent flesh and a small pit.

Although you can enjoy them plain, try this great recipe for Lychee Martinis:

Lychee Martini

1 ea    Lychee, peeled and pitted
3 oz    Premium vodka
1 oz    Lychee juice (either freshly crushed or use Foco or Maaza brand lychee juice)
1 oz    Triple sec (optional)
1 cup  Ice

Combine the vodka, lychee juice, triple sec, and ice in a shaker.  Shake and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with the peeled lychee, and serve.  This is what’s known as Lychee Heaven!

If you’re not in the mood to actually mix a drink, we don’t blame you.  It’s way too hot outside.  Instead, try our new Hana Lychee Flavored Sake.  It has a wonderful, fresh lychee taste that you just chill and serve.  Don’t forget to garnish with a fresh lychee!

The season has just started, and you’ll be able to savor lychees for about 5-6 more weeks.  Then
you’ll have to wait until next year, unless you really want to eat the soggy kind that comes in a can…

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