About a month ago I was walking my usual route to work and decided to stop at a fruit stand for some bananas. That’s when I noticed this strange looking fruit with little prickly bumps all over it.
Intrigued, I asked the market man what it was and that’s when I was introduced to the lychee (also known as litchi).
The lychee is a fruit that’s commonly found in Asia. It can also be found in other parts around the world but it’s native to Taiwan, China and SouthEast Asia.
The lychee fruit matures from anywhere between 80–112 days but that depends on the climate and location its raised in. They are small pieces of fruit and in my opinion tastes like a grape (except, it’s a little more fleshy). You have to peel the prickly outer skin open and then you can suck the inside out. Just be careful not to swallow that extra large pit in the center Alternatively, you can peel the entire outer skin, discard and then just bite around the pit.
Benefits of Lychee for Your Skin
This amazing super fruit has enough Vitamin C in it to fulfill a full day’s requirement for the average adult. Why is Vitamin C so special? For starters, it’s a power antioxidant that fights free radicals. Antioxidants not only ward off some cancers, they also help to fight the signs of aging preventing wrinkles.
Lychees are a great source of thiamin, niacin and copper. Thiamin helps the body metabolize fats and protein for healthy skin. Niacin helps boost hydration levels in the skin. Copper in small quantities helps speed up the healing in skin that’s been damaged.
Yes, lychee is a super fruit for your skin.
It’s good to step out of your comfort zone every now and then to try new foods. I’m so used to eating fruits like melons and bananas, it was a true treat to try the lychee. Would I make it one of my the staple fruits I normally eat? Probably not but it’s good to eat for the benefits it provides every once in a while.
Have you ever eaten a lychee? If so, do you like it?