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Scientific classification
L. chinensis
Binomial name
Litchi chinensis
Lychee (Chinese characters).svg
"Lychee" in Chinese characters
Chinese 荔枝

A lychee (pronounced LIE-Chee) is a tropical fruit in the genus Litchi. It comes from southern China. Since it is tropical, it will only grow in a warm, wet climate.

The inside of a lychee is a clear, pinkish-white color. The outside of the fruit is a hard spiky shell. Its seed is brown in color and very hard. The seeds are poisonous and should not be eaten. The lychee has a sweet taste, and may be frozen, made into sauces, jam, puree, or preserves. When frozen, the lychee tastes similar to sorbet.


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