Lychees (Litchi chinensis) aka: Litchi, Laichi, and Lichu are small oval shaped fruits with a thin leather-like outer skin, and a white inner flesh surrounding a single large brown seed.

Health Benefits of Lychees

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How to choose Lychees

Lychees are more likely to be fresh when they are sold still attached to the stem. It can be difficult to spot lychees which are over ripe, so it is best to ask for a sample. If you see a slimy mucous when you peel back the skin, then the lychees are too ripe and should not be bought. Also, avoid any lychees with indentions as this is a sign of rotting.

How to store Lychees

Keep lychees on their stem as long as possible and store them in the fridge. Lychees will only keep about a week, so they should be eaten quickly.

Climate and origin

Lychees originated in Southern China and thrive in tropical climates. (Zone 10 in the U.S.)


Lychees have a very sweet fragrant taste with a tender texture.

Miscellaneous information

In China lychees are made into a sweet dessert wine that is served ice-cold during summer.

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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Lychees + Complete Nutrition Facts

Carbohydrates | Vitamin B6 | Vitamin C | Copper |

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Nutrition Facts
Litchis raw                   
Serving Size 100g
Calories 66
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.44g1%
    Saturated Fat 0.099g0%
Cholesterol 0mg~%
Sodium 1mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 16.5g6%
    Dietary Fiber 1.3g5%
    Sugar 15.2g~
Protein 0.8g~
Vitamin A~%Vitamin C119%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 0IU~%
    Retinol equivalents 0μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 0μg~
    Beta-carotene 0μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 0μg~
Vitamin C 71.5mg119%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)~%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.07mg0%
Vitamin K 0.4μg1%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone ~μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg~%
Thiamin 0.011mg1%
Riboflavin 0.065mg4%
Niacin 0.603mg3%
Pantothenic acid ~mg~%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%
Folate 14μg4%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 14μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 14μg~
Choline 7.1mg~
Lycopene 0μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 0μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.31mg2%
Magnesium 10mg3%
Phosphorus 31mg3%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 171mg5%
Zinc 0.07mg0%
Copper 0.148mg7%
Manganese 0.055mg3%
Selenium 0.6μg1%
Water 81.76g~
Ash 0.44g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio0.97
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio1.03
Total Omega 3s65mg
18D3 Linolenic65mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)0mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)0mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)0mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)0mg
Total Omega 6s67mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic~mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine ~mg~%
Isoleucine ~mg~%
Leucine ~mg~%
Lysine 41mg2%
Methionine 9mg1%
Phenylalanine ~mg~%
Threonine ~mg~%
Tryptophan 7mg3%
Valine ~mg~%
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
Percent Water Composition 81.8%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.05

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