A flavour of rose


The lychee is native to China. Round in shape, it measures approximately 4 cm in diameter. It is protected by a thin, grainy skin whose colour varies depending on its origin: it may be greenish or pinkish white but is always bright pink when ripe. Inside, its pearly white flesh is tender, juicy, sweet and refreshing. Its flavour is very subtle and reminiscent of roses and grapes. It can be eaten on its own, or used in cocktails, sorbets, tarts, fritters, and even savoury dishes.

The lychee is rich in vitamin C which has antioxidant properties, minerals such as potassium (essential for muscle contraction and proper kidney function) and magnesium (known to have beneficial effects in preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes), as well as trace elements such as copper, which plays an essential role in the formation of haemoglobin and collagen, a protein involved in tissue structure and repair.