It’s lychee season here in Hawaii and I’m in heaven! These little lychee fruits are like little drops of pure nourishing nectar. What a blessing to be able to eat something that’s not only juicy and delicious, but fresh, raw, organic and local! Lychee season is typically in the summer months of the year, so if you come to Hawaii for a visit at that time, keep an eye out for these earthly delights.
All About Lychees
Lychees are nearly round, oval and sometimes heart shaped (my favorite) that are usually 1 to 1.5 inches in length. Lychees are covered by a leathery rind that is strawberry red in color and a little bumpy and rough in texture. Best to pick when they are sark red. Once picked they last about 3 days before they start turning brown. Fresh is best!
I give thanks to the mysterious ways in which this yummy fruit reached Hawaii in roughly 1873 spreading over the years throughout Southeastern Asia from its native land in Southern China. Did you know that lychees are now also grown in some parts of California and Florida? If someone spots them there please snap a photo and let me know where so I can keep an eye out next time I’m visiting!
Health Benefits of Lychees
What’s truly incredible about lychees are that they are so high in vitamin C. Only about 9 lychees meets our total daily requirement (but they’re so good it’s hard to only eat only 9! They are also a great source of B-vitamins including B2, B3, B6 and folate. When it’s in season here, about 1-1.5 pounds easily constitutes a meal for me. This is one of the biggest reasons I absolutely love living the low fat raw vegan lifestyle – because it just tastes so darn good! I also feel the best I’ve ever felt – that’s an added bonus…
Want to come experience the incredible wonders of lychees for yourself? Check out our raw food Hawaii retreats, right here on the Big Island of Hawaii.