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14th-Jul-2010 01:26 pm
lychee
A coworker is having a fund raiser & provided food which we could, for a donation, form into a lunch.

There was a fruit plate, with something I didn't recognize. One of the people watching said that it was some woman's favorite fruit -- you peel it like an orange, eat it, and it's very sweet. Named ... something like Kiriki?

Didn't ring any bells for me, so I came back and hunted for "weird fruit strawberry rind bumpy", and I'll bet I have the answer.

If so, I'm familiar with the taste of the fruit, which my mom always called a "lychee nut". But I've never seen it with the rind on.

Peeling it now. The rind is surprisingly thin. The skin remaining around the flesh underneath is reminiscent of a fresh fig -- the fruit appears to be very juicy, and I expect it to leak through the tender-appearing skin. Some of the red from the rind is coloring the inner skin.

I tentatively bit into the skin. Definitely a lychee. The skin, though, is nasty. Very bitter and harsh, but it came off quickly in nearly one piece. The flesh was indeed very juicy, leaving my hands sticky & my pants in need of the laundry. It was VERY tasty, except for the bit around the seed. There was some skin on the inside of the location of the seed (which resembled a small bean) and it was also bitter and nasty.

I wonder if the way to eat these might not be naked in the tub by cutting them in half, popping the flesh off of the inner white skin (it seemed to come away quite easily) and disposing of the seed-area at the same time.

Next to see if I can get it to sprout...
Comments 
14th-Jul-2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Might it be rambutan?
14th-Jul-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Don't know about rambutan. (Amazing the number of fruits I've never heard of... need to remedy that.) But the taste is definitely lychee, and I found the person who'd brought it in and she confirmed that. Checked wikipedia on rambutan... (they're often mentioned in the same breath with lychee, it seems) -- Wow. Those are startling in their fuzziness.

Looks like my lychee seed is a "chicken-tongue".

14th-Jul-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, lychee and rambutan taste similar -- but the outside of a rambutan looks far, far stranger.
14th-Jul-2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Amusingly, I was just talking with a coworker about never having seen a lychee in the peel, and he asked me about rambutan.
14th-Jul-2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting. And the R--whatever mentioned in the comments equally so. I've never had either one, at least not that I can remember. The only memory lychee nut brought up was something that was in Soul of a New Machine (I think) and it had to do with the guys going out for Chinese and discovering that lychee nuts and coke (the brown liquid) do not mix well. Although I seem to recall they made having them together an annual tradition anyway. It weird how my mind works. Not to mention the strange stuff I can remember when I can't recall all sorts of what are undoubtedly more important things.
14th-Jul-2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
I've never had rambutan -- never heard of it before to my memory (but a coworker just mentioned it to me) -- but I've had lychee desserts at chinese restaurants many times. Already peeled, with the pit removed, firm white fruit -- very sweet. (Next time we go for Chinese we should see if they have them.) Don't know why my mom called then nuts -- they're clearly a fruit.

I read "soul" many years ago, but don't remember that scene. But it sounds quite plausible.

I guess in India you can get lychee juice.
14th-Jul-2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
What you have pictured is definitely a lychee. Very popular in central Europe; peel 'em, pop 'em in your mouth, spit out the seed.
14th-Jul-2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hard to believe I've lived to as old as I am without having seen one in this state. But now I know where she bought them, and I'll have to go out there someday soon (in my CFT) and see what other oddities they have.
16th-Jul-2010 09:33 pm (UTC) - oohhh lychee season yeehhaaa
i learned about lychee because a friend loved them.
i was at one of the fruit markets and saw a mound of them, had never seen them not in a can.
they felt ripe, sort of like a kwiw , firm yet gives easily.

i brought a bag to my friend and we sat on his patio peeling and poppin life was good. i introduced my sister and she commented that i have turned her on to food she would have never tried before.

i must go on the lychee hunt, it doesn't last long.
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