Lychee or Lychee Chinensis, is a fruit whose properties give it many health benefits and virtues.
It belongs to the Sapindaceae family. This fruit tree is native to China, hence its nickname "Chinese Cherry". In its environment, hot and humid, this tree can reach twenty meters.
This atypical fruit, round in shape, with white and sweet flesh and its pink rind is available from November to January only.
There are many varieties of lychee, but only a few are present on our shelves.
We love lychee, both for its exoticism and for its benevolent properties for our health and beauty.
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China has been cultivating lychee for over 2,000 years BC. A true symbol of happiness, lychee was offered as offerings to the Emperors. In the past, lychee was already used for its analgesic properties.
Then lychee arrived in France during the 18th century and then spread to the French Islands (Reunion and Madagascar), which today cultivate lychee.
Lychee: health benefits and virtues
Lychee has many virtues.
First of all, lychee soothes the pain. It's a analgesic effective in headaches and stomach pains.
Like most fruits, lychee is high in fiber (1.5 g). They regulate the intestinal transit and facilitate digestion. Thus lychee remedies the constipation and relieves pains and stomach pains. It's great for calming our digestive system after the holiday marathon.
> Lychee, an anti-cancer agent:
Lychee is an interesting source ofanti-oxidants. These neutralize free radicals, harmful to our health and responsible for certain cancers and other diseases.
As anti-oxidants we obviously find the vitamin C, involved in the immune system. She stimulates our defense system in the face of attacks from certain pathogens (especially viral)
> Lychee for our cardiovascular system:
Lychee reduces the level of bad cholesterol and its accumulation in the arteries.
In addition, it brings potassium, main ion of the intracellular medium. It is essential in cardiac contraction and in the regulation of blood pressure.
So the lychee limits the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Internal use: It is recommended to drink a glass of lychee juice daily.
> Lychee for weight loss:
This exotic fruit offers a reasonable 66 kcal / 100 g. Lychee is therefore part of a healthy diet. It should of course not be abused.
> Lychee, an anti-fatigue:
Sportsmen like it, because lychee is known to help muscle tone. In addition, it is very effective in stimulating you in case of fatigue. It is also recommended for pregnant women.
Lychee also contains group B vitamins, which are involved in lowering cholesterol and making red blood cells (red blood cells, carrying oxygen).
It also contains many minerals and trace elements essential for the proper functioning of the body such as calcium for healthy bones and teeth, iron against anemia, as well as sodium, of phosphorus and magnesium.
Lychee in the kitchen:
Lychee is made up of 80% water. It provides 15 g of carbohydrates and no fat.
How to cook lychee to benefit from its virtues?
Lychee can be eaten both sweet and savory, raw or cooked.
In fruit salad, lychee will bring exoticism. It goes very well with coconut or grapefruit.
We also like it in sorbet, in cocktails, in jam and why not in mousse or in clafoutis?
We use the lychee flowers, white and without petals, to make an excellent honey, which you will love.
Lychee can be found in your dishes. It has its place with the chicken au curry or the prawns. But also with raw fish.
> Gourmet ideas with lychee:
Add thin slices of lychee to your Tiramisu.
In verrines as an aperitif, combine lychees with prawns et al'lawyer.
Put your lychees in jars to enjoy them even out of season.
> Lychee, beauty tip:
Lychee and its anti-oxidant properties ensure the renewal of skin cells. Lychee nourishes, hydrates and reduces wrinkles in the skin. It is also found to be beneficial in hair growth.
Lychee winter mask: Mix an egg white (or half a banana) with 5 mixed lychees. Apply the resulting mixture on your face. Then rinse off after 20 minutes.
For a clearer skin, without blemish: Soak your cotton ball in lychee juice.
Smart tip about lychee:
Store the lychee: A few days at room temperature or a week in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator.
> Did you know ? Rambutan or also called “hairy lychee”, also belongs to the Sapindaceae family. However, it is in no way part of the same species as lychee, despite their similarities.