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Posted by: Spring, Sunday, February 26, 2012, 5:33am
Has anyone ever heard of this fruit/nut? Besides in SWAMI, of course! I'm not sure whether we are supposed to actually eat the seed in this fruit or eat the fruit which people actually call a nut.  ??) ::) :o  And to further confuse the issue, it is listed under vegetable proteins. So you would sorta assume that the seed would be where the protein is, I guess. I understand that it comes from the soapberry family which makes it get even more interesting! I suppose it really doesn't matter too much to me anyway because unless you live where this nut/fruit/berry grows, you don't have a chance of getting any of it. Canada seems to get the bulk of what is grown commercially in Florida for some reason or another! I suppose people in New York would get a glimpse of it and California. Otherwise, the Floridians eat whatever you are supposed to eat of this item right out of their own yards! I wonder if PT has had the privilege of eating any of it! It seems to be the absolute epitome of a great, shall we say, food! The Chinese practically worship it from what I read because of its "divine" powers! I think I feel deprived!! I'm allergic to these pine nuts, and I wonder if Dr. D. has ever tried to crack and eat a hickory nut! One thing for sure, you won't get fat eating them any time soon! I ain't no squirrel, man! No wonder they are so skinny! So I'm left with peanuts - a very lowly but, I must say, delicious nut! Of all the nuts and seeds out there, though, there ought to be at least a couple more of them that I could eat! I don't think I will likely be seen going around eating Poppy Seeds out of hand. I suppose I could pile a few on my parsnips. Can you even chew Poppy Seeds?
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, February 26, 2012, 5:50am; Reply: 1
the fruit is all you eat.....if on your list.....without the skin  :)
Posted by: Hampus, Sunday, February 26, 2012, 7:49am; Reply: 2
Yeah it´s very tasty!
Posted by: C_Sharp, Sunday, February 26, 2012, 8:50pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Spring
Has anyone ever heard of this fruit/nut?

I suppose it really doesn't matter too much to me anyway because unless you live where this nut/fruit/berry grows, you don't have a chance of getting any of it. Canada seems to get the bulk of what is grown commercially in Florida for some reason or another!


I am not sure of Canadian suppliers. In the US these are pretty easy to find. If you are in a major city like Toronto, I would think you would have no problem getting Litchi, in rural areas it will be difficult to find.

I get fresh Litchi nuts (eat the fruit - not the stone) at Trader Joe's and Asian markets (Fresh is only available seasonally).

I sometimes find dried Litchi, but not often.

Litchi beverages are common at places selling international foods, but generally contain a lot of sugar.

Asian markets will generally sell canned Litchi--carefully read the labels if you do not want your fruit packed in heavy syrup.


It does go by several names and spelling, you may need to bring a picture if you are going to markets where the proprietors are used to speaking different languages than you.
Posted by: Spring, Sunday, February 26, 2012, 9:57pm; Reply: 4
There are no markets around here that would have a clue about litchi fruit! I had never heard of it myself until it appeared as a diamond on my SWAMI. But if it is a fruit, why is it listed in my vegetable proteins? ??) I can't find any information about there being any protein in Litchi.  :-/ I have no doubt that this "fruit" would be a wonderful addition to a diet, but seemingly not as a protein. (Finally, found that they have .1 of a gram in one fruit!) And I have an abundance of fruit anyway that I enjoy very much. It is not drastically limited, portion-wise, but it is somewhat. I think I am going to pretend that almonds and sesame seed are still on my beneficial list and not worry about it. ;) They had been working all right when they used to be on my super food list for years and three months on SWAMI! I don't eat a lot of them anyway, and they are a neutral. Ah, ha!!~~~~~~~~~~~
http://www.vitacost.com/Dynamic-Health-Organic-Certified-Lychee-Juice-Blend
I will order some juice! Too bad I just ordered from Vitacost. They used a different spelling is the reason I couldn't find it earlier. I can use this interchangeably with Goji. All three ingredients are diamonds for me. Hooray for Vitacost! Can you tell that I don't feel deprived anymore!? (smile)
Posted by: san j, Monday, February 27, 2012, 1:25am; Reply: 5
I'm showing Forum Participant Spring located in the Southeastern USA, not Toronto, C_Sharp. But perhaps you are privy to other info sources.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, February 27, 2012, 2:37am; Reply: 6
Quoted from san j
I'm showing Forum Participant Spring located in the Southeastern USA, not Toronto, C_Sharp. But perhaps you are privy to other info sources.


I have no information about where Spring is located that you do not have.

Spring in her original post talks about where Canadian produce comes from.

I do not know why Spring chose to talk about Canada.

I merely responded to her post (and quoted her post so people would know what I was responding to).

I assume that if she was going to talk about Canadian sources of produce, she would want to get her Litchi there.

If she had specified another location that she wanted information on sourcing Litchi nuts, I would have tried to respond with information for that location. I did not try to research where she was located. I went with what she said in her post.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, February 27, 2012, 2:37am; Reply: 7
I have eaten some lychee fruit fresh at a Vietnamese restaurant locally...  Very good fruit.

According to Wikipedia, when dried, they are called lychee nuts...
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, February 27, 2012, 2:49am; Reply: 8
Quoted from Spring

http://www.vitacost.com/Dynamic-Health-Organic-Certified-Lychee-Juice-Blend
I will order some juice! Too bad I just ordered from Vitacost.


You will want to note that the Vitacost product includes:

red beet invert (type of sugar),  guar gum, and citric acid.
Posted by: Spring, Monday, February 27, 2012, 4:20am; Reply: 9
Quoted from C_Sharp
You will want to note that the Vitacost product includes: red beet invert (type of sugar),  guar gum, and citric acid.

Don't worry, C_Sharp, I already noticed that. I never order anything until I read everything available about a product. However, quar gum is not such a baddie for me. I would be more worried about the citric acid than anything. Of course, they never give the source of the stuff so I avoid it unless I can find out. The total sugar is only 4 grams per ounce. Pure Goji has the same amount. I wouldn't drink more that an ounce in an entire day.  :) But thanks for your concern anyway! (smile) I'm just thankful we have people with good, sound advice watching out for us. We never know when we might need it!
Posted by: Spring, Monday, February 27, 2012, 4:29am; Reply: 10
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Canada seems to get the bulk of what is grown commercially in Florida for some reason or another!
....Spring

I was mostly making a tongue-in-cheek remark about all that litchi from Florida passing us by on its way to Canada. But it seems there has been a real change in the last few years about the availability of it in many places. The "nut" is what Dr. D. recommended, so maybe he thinks the dried "fruit" would be less apt to have additives. I love dried fruit, but I also worry about mold if I'm not really sure from where something is coming.
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