Lychee….this is one fruit I had never tried before but was extremely curious. I suppose my reason for passing it by so many times is the fact that it reminded me of a sea urchin and I for sure don’t care to eat one of those. I stood there staring at them and reading the information card, trying to figure out what I might be able to make if I bought some. The produce manager walked over and asked if I had ever tried them, offered me a sample which I declined because I had just finished a piece of gum. He tried to describe the flavor to me and assured me that they were good….so in the basket they went.
After looking online to find a recipe I decided on some sort of frozen dessert because apparently once frozen they become creamy and the sweetness comes out. When I popped the first one of its prickly encasing it looked like squid or oyster. It was slimy, white and it looked more like a living creature than a fruit. For a split second I wondered if it actually was. The process of peeling them continued and into the food processor they went. Surprisingly a pale pink color develops when they are pureed which was actually very pretty and after straining the juice was very silky. Sweetened coconut, milk and lime juice went in next and a few more pulses in the food processor. By that time the flavor had come out. Can’ wait until it freezes. Tick Tock…….
This fruit is the bomb….absolutely just what I needed today. It’s hot here is Texas and this was so refreshing.
- 1 pound fresh lychees
- 1/4 cup milk (I used half and half)
- 1/4 cup sweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
Peel lychees and remove the seed. Puree in food processor until creamy. Press through a fine strainer to remove the seed casings and get the juice (should make almost 1 cup). Pour into separate bowl and add 1/4 cup of milk (or enough to make 1 cup of liquid). Rinse the food processor and pour the juice back in. Add the coconut and lime juice and puree again. The coconut will stay a little but chunky. Pour into flat dish and put in freezer. Check and stir occasionally until frozen. Scoop into serving cup and add a something pretty. The pic on the right in halfway through freezing. I have been alternating stirring and sampling.
SMILE IT’S CONTAGIOUS!