In an effort to continue to be your favorite frozen yogurt hangout ever, Yo Mon keeps searching for new and unique (and delish!) flavors. Recently, we introduced you to Lemon Loaf and Campfire Marshmallow and we hear that you’re quite appreciative. Occasionally, we load up a flavor that some people adore, while others simply stare and say, “What is that?” Some of you, we know, haven’t yet tried Taro Root, despite the legions of Facebook fans who openly rave about it, so we wondered if you know much about another unusual fruit flavor—lychee. Just in case you’re out in the unknowing cold on the lychee front, we thought we’d give you the scoop.
There’s got to be something great about lychees because they’ve been around since 2000 BC (at least that’s the earliest record). They grow on an evergreen tree native to southern China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Lychees aren’t large fruits, they’re just about 5 cm long and 4 cm wide, and they have a pinkish-red, roughly-textured rind (don’t eat the rind). If you want to have a taste, remove the rind and you’ll find the sweet, white flesh of the lychee inside. Some people say that lychee taste like a cross between a grape and a pear, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
Of course, being a fruit, lychees have obvious nutritional benefits like a punch of vitamin C, phosphorus and potassium; and lest you think, “People in Jamaica don’t eat lychees,” we beg to differ, mon! The love of lychees has spread like seed all over the world. While the largest producers of lychees are China and India, they are also grown in Brazil, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, California, Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Texas, Florida, eastern Australia, South Africa, Israel, and Mexico. It’s hard to keep a great fruit secret, and clearly, the word is out on lychees.
Historically, lychees were in such demand by several Chinese emperors that special couriers were dispatched at great cost to deliver lychees fresh to emperors (once picked, lychees tend to spoil quickly). We don’t know about you, but we feel pretty important with da cup of lychee frozen yogurt.
If you’re a toppings kind of fro-yo aficionado, think about keeping it simple and natural—coconut flakes, other fruits, maybe some granola (although we never argue with chocolate in any form!). If you’re a lychee fan, let us know via Facebook or Twitter what you recommend (if anything) on your lychee frozen yogurt! If you’re not a lychee fan yet, what are you waiting for?Share