Lychee, which means 'gift for a joyful life'


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Lychee, which means 'gift for a joyful life'

Lychee, which means 'gift for a joyful life', surely lives up to its name. Here is why...

It is a truth that the fruit is sweet and delicious, and almost anyone can get addicted to it. However, it is one addiction you should be proud of. As there are numerous studies to show the health benefit of this wonder fruit.

The fruit
Lychee, the juicy fruit that belongs to soapberry family, is sparsely found in the Philippines, Indonesia, in northern Vietnam, in southern Taiwan and in southern China and India. It is a seasonal fruit, especially found in plenty during the summer season. The lychee fruit contains vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy diet.

What the studies say...
Studies show that lychee fruit can fight the growth of cancer cells as it contains flavonoids in its pulp, which is effective against breast cancer. It is also a great source of vitamin C that helps the body to fight heart disease, apart from cancer. Vitamin C is also good for bones, skin and tissue.

Due to its high vitamin C content, the fruit benefits those suffering from cold, fever and sore throat. Lychee also helps the body to digest food properly for the best nutrition, and is said to have the ability to relieve pain too.

Choose the best
When choosing lychee, select those with a firm shell that has no cracks. It is best if the fruit is still attached to its stem. The fruit's colour should be pink or red but never brown. Brown lychee are overripe and will not be as tasty.

A symbol of romance and love
The Chinese legend has it that the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty would dispatch royal guards some 600 miles to pick lychee in an effort to woo his favourite concubine, to entice her with the sweet, fragrant flesh of the lychee fruit. No wonder that the lychee fruit in China is now a symbol of romance and love. So next time you buy fruits, don't forget to pick a bunch of lychees

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