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11 Exotic Fact About Lychee

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The exotic lychee fruit that grows in the region of Southeast Asia has other names: Chinese plum, dragon’s eye, liji, laysi.

  1. Lychees are also called Chinese plum, dragon’s eye, the fruit of love, paradise grapes, Chinese cherry.
  2. Chinese plum fruit began to be called in the middle of the 17th century, after the European Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza described it as a plum that can be eaten in large quantities without harm to the stomach.
  3. The Chinese ate this fruit even before our era (about the 2nd century BC). One ancient Chinese emperor even executed his gardeners for failing to breed lychee trees in North China.
  4. Lychee is a versatile fruit. It is added to meat, fish, desserts, as a snack. It is used to make alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, sauces and mousses.
  5. Lychee`s season in Thailand is in May-June.
  6. In ancient times, lychees were considered the fruit of rich and noble people, the poor only collected fruits from trees and were engaged in their transportation, and even the slightest test of the fruit was punishable by death for them.
  7. In India, from the moment they got to them, lychees were christened “the fruit of pleasure” and used as a powerful aphrodisiac.
  8. In the Thai province of Chiang Rai, a lychee festival is held annually. It coincides with the harvest time of the fruit. At this time, fairs, all kinds of musical performances, and even a contest for choosing the beauty “Miss Lychee” are held on the streets of the town.
  9. From huge bunches of fruits, only a very small part of them ripens – 15-20 pcs.
  10. Lychee fruits are widely used in folk medicine: treatment of heart disease, acceleration of hematopoiesis, weight loss.
  11. The main disadvantage of lychee is that fruits plucked from a tree lose their taste and nutritional properties within three days.

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