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Look out for fresh Lychee at Waikiki Farmers Markets!
Posted by Jody Costello | Friday, May 19, 2017

Coming into season is fresh Lychee - one of my most favorite fruits!   

This sweet, juicy Asian fruit was first introduced to Hawaii in the late 1800's, although it has a long history with trees recorded in China more than 3,500 years ago.  If you are not familar with this little tasty gem, it's about the size of a small plum and has a thin, hard, red shell that comes away easily from the flesh.  The white, juicy flesh has a similar texture to grapes but is more chewy, with a delicate fragrance.   There is a dark brown seed in the centre.

In the 70's, my mother used to prepare Lychee for dinner party desserts by peeling the fruit, carefully discarding the seed, stuffing the center with candied ginger then dipping in dark chocolate - heavenly!   Fresh Lychee also goes extremely well in a chilled martini, tropicial fruit salads, cakes, jams and of-course just eaten au-naturel!

(Photo courtesy of - Check out their Ginger/Chocolate Lychee recipe)

How to eat it?   Most folks peel back the red rough skin, then nibble around the seed inside, or do as I do to avoid getting your fingers all juicy -  simply bite the end off, squeeze the entire fruit into your mouth and spit out the seed.  Savor the flavor and repeat!  You can enjoy a bunch of them in a very short time!  

Did I mention, Lychees are very good for you!   With around 6 calories each (not my mothers' chocky ones) they contain an impressive array of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.  Lychee have more vitamin C than the same amount of oranges, a high amount of potassium and as much fiber as an apple with the skin on!        

Fresh Lychee can be found in our local supermarkets, fruit stands and farmers markets all over Oahu.   If you are staying with Ali'i Beach Rentals in one of our vacation rentals in Waikiki, check out the stands at:

Kings Village Farmers Market - 131 Kaiulani St, Waikiki - (opposite the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel)

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat, 4:00PM – 9:00PM


Hyatt Hotel Farmer Market - located in the ground floor atrium

Hours: Thursday, 4:00PM – 8:00PM


Kapiolani Community College - KCC Farmers Market  - 4303 Diamond Head Rd - 20 min walk or take Bus routes #3, #22, #58.  

Hours: Saturday, 7:30AM – 11:00AM, Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00PM



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