Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018





A Lucky


With an attractive red colour albeit

scaly peel, the translucent white

flesh of the lychee fruit offers a taste

that’s sweet, tangy and refreshing.

With its aromatic scent, the fruit can

be enjoyed throughout the season as

a timeless treat.

Its light, floral notes of rose and

pear pair perfectly with other

tropical flavours like limes and

coconut in a symbiotic fruit mix.

Lychee martinis and mojitos give

any party a blast. The fruit also

goes well in bubble tea or made

into desserts like ice cream.

Originating in southern China

in the Guangdong and Fujian

provinces, the lychee was first

introduced to the West in 1656

by Michal Boym, a Polish Jesuit

missionary. The fragrant fruit is

extensively grown in China, India,

Thailand, Vietnam and many tropical

and subtropical regions of the world.

The rosy-coloured fruit also

became a symbol for love after

Emperor Tang Ming Huang of the

Tang Dynasty arranged a special

courier service to deliver the fresh

fruits hundreds of miles from South

China. A quick delivery got carried

out to the Imperial court in the

North before the fruit got spoiled

to please his favourite concubine

Yang Guifei, considered one of

the four most beautiful women in

ancient China. A popular lychee

variety is named Fei Zi Xiao, or the

concubine smile, after this legend.

With over 40 varieties of lychee

worldwide, Thailand has: Hong Huay

(from oblong, conical to heart-shaped

with a thin skin, sweet and sour

properties and aromatic); Ohia (heartshaped,

thinner skin, a soft and thicker

flesh, sweet); Emperor or Jakkraphat

(huge, thick skin, pinkish red, sweet,

juicy) and Khom (heart-shaped,

reddish-pink, juicy, and sweet).

Apart from its enticing taste, the

fruit has vitamin C, vitamin B complex.

The beneficial presence of copper,

phosphorus, and polyphenol oligonol

gives it antioxidant and anti-viral

properties. It’s said that the lychee aids

in weight loss, protects the skin, and

boosts the immune system. Eating a

lychee can be a preventative measure

for cancer, improve digestion, lower

blood pressure, improve circulation,

and optimise metabolic activities.

With its delicate and lingering

taste, the lychee has put a smile for

hundreds of years on many faces.


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