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liuzhou

liuzhou

According to the fount of all misinformation, Wikipedia, the lychee entry states that "the outside of the fruit is pink-red". Ignorant fools!

 

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a jar of lychee honey from the family plot. Yesterday, I  went to visit her and was taken to see the lychees. This involved quite a trek uphill!

 

Anyway, we got there. The lychees (荔枝 lì zhī) are being harvested as quickly as they can be, in order to get them to market in perfect condition before the season ends soon.

The first thing I noticed was the surprising range of colours in the fruit. I immediately  assumed that they were at different stages or degrees of ripeness. The "stupid foreigner", aka me, was soon put straight.

"No! They are all ripe. That is why we are hurrryng to harvest them!" I didn't hear the "idiot!" at the end of the sentence, but it was all there in the tone!*

 

It appears that lychees are pink/red when they are pink/red, but not pink/red when they are not pink/red. In fact they come in different colours.

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Some were politely growing to Wiki specfications;

 

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others were doing as they damn-well pleased and they were pleased to be yellow (some with a scattering of red freckles to increase their allure)

 

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These yellow babies are not only yellow, but are larger than the red ones (the last two pictures show my friend's average sized lady-hand for scale. They are also noticeably more sweet and juicy.

The yellow ones are known as 情人荔 (qíng rén lì) meaning 'lover lychee' as the fruits are heart-shaped.

Finally, I saw these. 青荔 (qīng lì) meaning 'green lychee'.

 

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These, I was told, are a new cultivar and still very rare (and expensive). The family has only been harvesting these for two years. They are ripe. I know. I ate the one in the centre of that last image!

 

* Actually, everyone was very polite, welcoming and happy to explain anything I asked about.

 

 

liuzhou

liuzhou

According to the fount of all misinformation, Wikipedia, the lychee entry states that "the outside of the fruit is pink-red". Ignorant fools!

 

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a jar of lychee honey from the family plot. Yesterday, I  went to visit her and was taken to see the lychees. This involved quite a trek uphill!

 

Anyway, we got there. The lychees (荔枝 lì zhī) are being harvested as quickly as they can be, in order to get them to market in perfect condition before the season ends soon.

The first thing I noticed was the surprising range of colours in the fruit. I immediately  assumed that they were at different stages or degrees of ripeness. The "stupid foreigner", aka me, was soon put straight.

"No! They are all ripe. That is why we are hurrryng to harvest them!" I didn't hear the "idiot!" at the end of the sentence, but it was all there in the tone!*

 

It appears that lychees are pink/red when they are pink/red, but not pink/red when they are not pink/red. In fact they come in different colours.

542269307__20210619211635.thumb.jpg.4cc2483da328672c24a4500090ceff92.jpg

 

Some were politely growing to Wiki specfications;

 

1082818130__20210619211811.thumb.jpg.b494f48d5df54f7b407d26af029d2488.jpg

 

1984601525__20210619211822.thumb.jpg.32ac2fdf0c2cf37a37d00f619499eab6.jpg

 

1899422694__20210619211837.thumb.jpg.37b609578f21d9330c0db468f3e048d4.jpg

 

others were doing as they damn-well pleased and they were pleased to be yellow (some with a scattering of red freckles to increase their allure)831125194__20210619211643.thumb.jpg.34e32aa28aa4f6090cc7ba99f99c8a37.jpg

 

876657280__20210619211652.thumb.jpg.ec173bf6f302e3f672516c1438e3ead9.jpg

 

603059211__20210619211658.thumb.jpg.30bd3d064854d87c653b30c51b373dfe.jpg

 

252531234__20210619211728.thumb.jpg.36037f80d5f9b02fd8d3dcbf9f3a1d4c.jpg

 

1470374301__20210619211743.thumb.jpg.25d185031e259c1b6f34057431052b8e.jpg

 

These yellow babies ar enot only yellow, but are larger than the red ones (the last two pictures show my friend's average sized lady-hand for scale. They are also noticeably more sweet and juicy.

The yellow ones are known as 情人荔 (qíng rén lì) meaning 'lover lychee' as the fruits are heart-shaped.

Finally, I saw these. 青荔 (qīng lì) meaning 'green lychee'.

 

1601835619__20210619211704.thumb.jpg.db897a409f065444cab0320e8c62b2be.jpg

 

703319418__20210619211712.thumb.jpg.e69c70a0ad393929c1e8758ec3a1c6db.jpg

 

1993727283__20210619211719.thumb.jpg.75e1e5fe1a87a4d4f65a5a6919da1791.jpg

 

These, I was told, are a new cultivar and still very rare (and expensive). The family has only been harvesting these for two years. They are ripe. I know. I ate the one in the centre of that last image!

 

* Actually, everyone was very polite, welcoming and happy to explain anything I asked about.

 

 

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