HOME > Chowhound > Florida >
What have you made lately? Tell us about it
TELL US

Lychee Time!!!!

lax2mia Jun 4, 2007 01:41 PM

Or at least I'm hoping it is. I didn't have much luck finding them last year due to Wilma's wrath the summer prior. Hopefully this year will be different. Has anyone run across them yet?

  1. d
    diablita FL Jun 4, 2007 05:17 PM

    We love lychees! These guys have been sending out emails already: www.lycheesonline.com. They're local growers (west broward) that supplement what they grow with lychees from south dade groves, when needed.

    They sent out an email about the Haak Yip and Sweetheart lychees and already those are sold out. Now their almost ready to start shipping the Brewster. If you send them an email, you may be able to pick them up in their groves near Flamingo Gardens, near I-595 and Flamingo.

    Btw, lychees are wonderful eaten from the freezer, like grapes only better. (You rinse them with acidulated water in their peels to prevent discoloring, then place them in the peels in a plastic bag.)

    1. m
      mama Jun 10, 2007 12:47 PM

      It is time. I just bought some at the Wagon Wheel flea market in Pinellas Park last weekend. They were only 4.00 a pound.

      1. Mild Bill Jun 10, 2007 08:41 PM

        Shanghai Gardens in Philly's Chinatown used to take a breaded meaty deep-fried duck breast--- slice it thick and pour a chunky Lychee sauce over it...
        Lychee Duck... It's all I got for a long time... Well, that and some other stuff...

        1. d
          diablita FL Jun 10, 2007 09:08 PM

          Gaby's Farm ice cream also has lychee flavor. I wrote to them and the Whole Foods in Boca Raton is supposed to get the lychee flavor in any day now. If you haven't had Gaby's Farm ice cream yet, it's fantastic. We're addicted to the Mango Passionfruit sorbet. And love that they're local.
          http://www.gabysfarm.com/

          1 Reply
          1. re: diablita FL
            lax2mia Jun 11, 2007 06:35 AM

            Their canistel ice cream is like crack.

          2. s
            saiboogu Jun 29, 2007 11:00 AM

            Yeah I found lychees recently at a few Asian groceries near Lake Worth and Boynton Beach. Though i don't think they count because the lychees looked old and sorry...I think they would have tasted rotten. Oooh I'm interested in the Gaby's farm ice cream. Usually I go get the ultra sweet and freezer burn lychee ice cream from Asian store or I make my own with haagen dazs vanilla bean and a can of lychee.

            1 Reply
            1. re: saiboogu
              d
              diablita FL Jun 30, 2007 09:54 AM

              We finally found the Gaby's Farm lychee sorbet at WF. It is delicious! Because the fruit has so much water in it, the consistency isn't quite as fantastic as the Mango Passionfruit Sorbet, but it's still VERY, VERY good. Really pure flavors.

            2. d
              dandushy1 Jun 30, 2007 10:25 AM

              I bought a box of lychees at whole foods in boca raton last week. They were $2.50 for a box the size of a strawberry or blueberry container.

              2 Replies
              1. re: dandushy1
                d
                diablita FL Jun 30, 2007 10:40 AM

                I know! So expensive. That's why we buy them from the lycheesonline.com people.

                1. re: diablita FL
                  Vee7 Jun 21, 2008 03:36 PM

                  Am I missing something with Leycheesonline.com. They were $12.00 lb.

              2. s
                serenetm Jun 19, 2008 08:01 PM

                I am addicted to lychees (I've only sought them the last couple of years in Miami). I paid excessively for Sweethearts from lycheesonline.com. Hopefully I will find some of these places that sell for $5, 6, 7 lb. I appreciate the posts. For what it's worth, the Sweethearts I purchased were incredibly fresh & deeelicious! As my mom always taught me, quality vs. quantitiy...but then again...a fool & one's money are soon parted!

                Show Hidden Posts