The lychee (Litchi chinensis) — also known as litchi or lichee — is a small tropical fruit from the soapberry family.

Other popular fruits in this family include rambutan and longan.

Lychees are grown in subtropical regions throughout the world and especially popular in their native China, as well as Southeast Asia.

Known for their sweet and flowery flavor, they’re typically eaten fresh and sometimes used in ice creams or processed into juice, wine, sherbert, and jelly.

They’re a good source of several vitamins, minerals, and healthy antioxidants.

Lychees have an inedible, pink-red, leathery skin, which is removed before consumption. The flesh is white and surrounds a dark seed in the center.