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For a Simple Dessert, Try Sweet, Tender Litchis

Fine Cooking Issue 50
Photo: Scott Phillips
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Though sometimes called litchi or lychee nuts, fresh litchis are in fact a fruit with a floral, tangy-sweet flavor and chewy tenderness that’s head and shoulders above canned litchis in heavy syrup. They’re thought of as Asian, but litchis grown in Mexico and Israel are starting to become more available in markets here in the United States. So, next time you’re looking for a simple but exotic dessert, serve a bowlful—the scaly red skins are wonderful to look at, and the floral-sweet flavor and silky-chewy meat make for great eating. Just dig your fingernail into the skin, pop the fruit out, and take care not to swallow the brown seed in the centre.


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