The Litchi Chinensis
In this article we will talk about the fruit the litchi, because surely this name sounds familiar to you, it is also known by other pseudonyms such as: lychee, lichee, leechee, lychee or Chinese cherry. If you still don’t know what we’re talking about, then stay calm, so you can find out.
This peculiar fruit is a superfood, it stands out for being exotic and exquisite, but that’s not all, it has many health benefits, for that very reason, in this content we will talk about its properties, its description, its composition, as well as how consume it, buy it and keep it.
The litchi It belongs to the Sapindaceae family and its scientific name is Litchi chinensis, it is a fruit native to China, northern Vietnam and Malaysia, although it is currently distributed in Asia, South America, Australia and India. Basically, it is a small and almost round fruit, which has a deep red color when ripe.
Regarding its texture, it is rough or smooth, in which many bumps are seen, on the other hand, its pulp is translucent, white and juicy, it also has a bittersweet and fragrant flavor. Finally, it has a large brown seed inside. This fruit is 2.5 to 4 centimeters in diameter.
What is lychee made of?
The litchi It is a fruit rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, potassium, zinc, chlorine, manganese, selenium, folic acid and sodium. It also contains the following vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3. It also contains fiber, little protein, lipids, energy, retinol, carotenoids, and water.
Benefits and properties of lychee
The properties and benefits of this fruit are innumerable, among them we can highlight the following: it is an excellent antioxidant, therefore, it helps to care for our skin and reduces bad cholesterol in the blood. It is ideal for individuals with cardiovascular or hypertensive conditions, because it improves blood circulation.
Likewise, the litchi It stands out for strengthening our bones and therefore preventing osteoporosis. At the same time it helps you lose weight, which is perfect for people who suffer from obesity. It is also said to fight sore throats, hernias, and eliminate coughs.
On the other hand, this fruit is involved in the formation of collagen, teeth, bones and red blood cells, it also favors the absorption of iron from food and allows the body to resist infections. It is also a fruit that improves immunity and has a mild laxative effect.
The litchi It is perfect for diabetics, as it contains a component that protects the complications caused by diabetes, such as cataracts. It is also ideal for gastritis, stomach pain or discomfort, peptic dyspepsia and reduces acidity.
Many studies have confirmed that it has a protective effect on the liver, due to the fact that it reduces the levels of transaminases. Finally, it contributes to a good brain function, specifically growth and the nervous system. In short, to exploit all these benefits, both the fruit and the root and bones are used.
How should litchi be consumed?
The litchi It can be consumed raw, that is, as fresh fruit or in the form of juice, also in smoothies or ice cream, there are also people who combine it with fish, meat and chicken. However, just peel them, cut them in half and remove the seed and voila!
At the same time, there are individuals who add it to salad and some desserts, since this fruit resembles grapes, but with the aroma of roses, they even make honey with it! It is even used as a garnish for dishes, also to prepare sauces and to prepare wine
How should litchi be purchased?
It is somewhat difficult to buy the litchi 100% fresh, since its season is very short (it is between May, June and July), for that simple reason, you will not find it in greengrocers or supermarkets. However, you can buy them packed in syrup, canned, frozen and canned juices, only in Chinese stores.
In addition, there are countries like Spain where you can buy this fruit in stores which only sell products of foreign origin and that are tropical. The point is that you know that frescoes are rarely obtained, on the other hand, in other presentations you will always find it.
How should lychee be preserved?
If you have bought them fresh, they must be kept at room temperature, because that way the skin does not dry out and much less darken. As for example: you can be in the fridge, since there they last two weeks maximum, although if you have a freezer it is the most ideal, because you can keep it for up to a year.
The objective that we want you to understand, with reference to this point of the article of the litchi, is that it is a totally versatile fruit with many properties, which makes it ideal and above all perfect to introduce it in our meals or dishes, that is, it is time to play with all the options we have.
Finally, take into account that …
Consumption of this fruit in huge quantities and in excess can cause hypotension, dizziness, stomach problems and even fever, so it is recommended that its consumption be moderate, that is, you should not eat more than eight a day. Likewise, it should be avoided that breastfeeding or pregnant women eat it.
The litchi Due to its high sugar content, it should be consumed in moderation by diabetics. As if you have never tried it, it is best that you taste it first, it is not going to be that you are allergic, and if you are allergic, it is best to consult a doctor immediately.
But as you can see, there are not many contraindications for this fruit, basically, they are general exclusions for any type of fruit or vegetable. Anyway, we hope that this article has been very helpful to you, and above all we hope that at the end of reading it, you will dare to try this delicious fruit.