'Peerless' lychee fruit on tree

'Peerless' variety lychee. Photo by Ian Maguire, UF/IFAS.

Lychee

The lychee is a subtropical fruit tree that's as beautiful as it is delicious. In summer, these evergreen trees produce juicy, bright pink–red fruits with a sweet, yet slightly acidic, flavor. Eaten mostly fresh, they can be used as an ingredient in drinks, desserts, and main dishes. Lychee trees are susceptible to freezing, so they'll do best if they're planted in the southern regions of Florida. Young trees may require a bit of extra effort and care, but mature trees are usually quite hardy. If you can't plant your own tree, you can still enjoy this tasty fruit; check your local Asian food market.

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