The Lychee (Litchi chinensis), also spelled Litchi (the U.S. FDA spelling)
or Laichi and Lichu is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry
family Sapindaceae. It is a tropical fruit tree native to southern China.
It is also commonly found in India (Muzaffarpur), Bangladesh, southern
Taiwan, northern Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Southern
It is a medium-sized evergreen tree, reaching 15-20 m tall, with alternate
pinnate leaves, each leaf 15-25 cm long, with 2-8 lateral leaflets 5-10
cm long; the terminal leaflet is absent. The newly emerging young leaves
are a bright coppery red at first, before turning green as they expand
to full size. The flowers are small, greenish-white or yellowish-white,
produced in panicles up to 30 cm long.
Flowers at Samsing in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India.
The fruit is a drupe, 3-4 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. The outside is
covered by a pink-red, roughly-textured rind that is inedible but easily
removed. The inside consists of a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh,
rich in vitamin C, with a texture somewhat similar to that of a grape.
The edible flesh consists of a highly developed aril enveloping the seed.
The center contains a single glossy brown nut-like seed, 2 cm long and
1-1.5 cm in diameter. The seed, similar to a buckeye seed, is not poisonous
but should not be eaten. The fruit matures from July to October, about
100 days after flowering.
Description : Lychee
Net weight : 565 gms
Description : Lychee in syrup
Packed in can size 15 oz.Tall (w/ diameter x height : 300 x 407 mm.)
Net weight : 425 gms
Drained weight : 190 gms