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Lychee Fruit Nutrition Facts

Lychees

Native to China, the Philippines and India, lychees are a delicious fruit which will add flavor to fruit salads. Lychees are eaten fresh or dried, but canned lychees have become very popular.

Unfortunately, lychees don't have a startlingly long shelf life, and are relatively easily damaged in transport and handling. The trees themselves bear heavily when the conditions suit them, but they are notoriously demanding in climatic conditions. So they will always be a luxury fruit, except as a canned fruit.

Sun or fire dried lychees are known as lychee-nuts and taste a bit like a raisin.

At 72mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of flesh, lychees are a very good source for this essential vitamin. Three lychee fruits would meet a third of an adultís daily vitamin C requirement.

Lychees are also a good source of riboflavin, potassium and copper.

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