Wednesday, June 20, 2012

0 Lychees, Lychees, and More Lychees!

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Think I went a bit overboard with the lychee buying. Ya think? :)

The other day I went to Grand Mart and saw that were having a special on fresh lychees. Every time I go there, I'm always on the lookout for fresh lychees but have walked out empty-handed every single time, except, of course, for the other day. (And I shop there a LOT.) There was a HUGE supermarket display bin with about a zillion lychees, so of course I was so excited that I just dived right in and grabbed a few zillion, as you can see from the above photo. :) At that very moment, I swear, a little voice inside my head was screaming, "Jackpot!!!!" I felt like jumping up and down right there and then in the supermarket, but somehow managed to contain myself. ;) After all, a grown woman leaping for joy in the supermarket might cause a bit of a scene. Lol.

After surprising a good friend of mine with a large bag of lychees (because she loves them just as much as I do!), I took the remainder home and starting dreaming up new recipes that, big surprise, incorporated lychees. :) So, today has been a day of creating lychee dishes.

Earlier today, I peeled and pitted 71 fresh lychees. Now that's not a sentence you hear everyday. ;) So what will I be doing with all of them? I'll be making a bunch of different desserts, perhaps a savory dish of some sort, and also some sort of cocktail, which will be made and consumed sometime later tonight as a "reward" for all of the recipe writing and cooking I'm about to do today. ;)

Have you ever tried a fresh lychee? They are so juicy and refreshing tasting! Also, fresh lychees taste SO much better than the canned ones; plus they're much healthier for you because they're not drenched in a ton of sugar syrup. Once you've had fresh, you'll never go back. :)

So where can you find fresh lychees? If you have access to an Asian market or international grocery store, that's probably your best bet. They can typically be found in large international supermarkets like Grand Mart, (which is a chain with locations in LA and throughout the Greater DC area). You might also be able to find them in some of the smaller Asian grocers too. However, if you don't have access to stores like this, you can always order them online. For instance, I do know that carries them. And if you're really a super huge lychee fan, you could always buy the seeds or some trees and plant them in your backyard. :)

If you'd like to read more about lychees -- their history, cultivation, uses, etc. -- click here to read more about them.

Next up, a cocktail recipe made with fresh lychees, with more lychee recipes yet to come. :)

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