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Have Florida's lychees hit chinatown yet?

bigfresser May 30, 2008 07:21 AM

Have Florida's lychees hit chinatown yet? If not, does anyone know when the season begins?

  1. scoopG May 30, 2008 10:06 AM

    Yes, lychees are available in Chinatown now.

    10 Replies
    1. re: scoopG
      bigfresser May 30, 2008 10:53 AM

      if you see a balding male struggling onto the canal street subway with 20 pounds of lychees- thats me.

      thanks scoop g

      1. re: scoopG
        kobetobiko May 30, 2008 11:13 AM

        Hi scoopG,

        Do you know if they have any lychees from Taiwan or China?

        1. re: kobetobiko
          bigfresser May 30, 2008 12:07 PM


          dont know the answer to your q, but generally, they have at least 2 grades of lychees in china town in june- last year the cheaper ones went for $2-4 a pound and were pretty mediocre. the more expensve ones went for $5-6 a pound and were amazing. those lychees usually came with the stalks still attached to them. i believe those were from florida.

          why do you want lychees from china/taiwan specifically?

          1. re: bigfresser
            kobetobiko May 30, 2008 07:39 PM

            hi bigfresser,

            Lychees from China and Taiwan taste so much better. Even they are of the same "breed", the ones in Taiwan and China have much juicier flesh and smaller seeds. Despite the noticeable improvements in the quality of lychees grown in Florida in recent years, they are still not good enough to satisfy me

            1. re: kobetobiko
              DarthEater May 31, 2008 03:36 PM

              The ones here tastes like water with no fragrant. I doubt we'll be seeing any from China but I hope somebody proves me wrong.

          2. re: kobetobiko
            scoopG May 30, 2008 12:45 PM

            Hi kobetobiko - not sure where they are from!

            1. re: kobetobiko
              soniasw May 30, 2008 01:33 PM

              It's a good question to ask because sometimes the ones that are imported from that far are frozen. Frozen ones tend to have a much darker (somewhat brownish) skin and the meet is brownish too. I think they are a bit squishy. If you can find it you should also look for "logan" - they are smaller, sweeter and crunchier. We sometimes refer to them as dragon eyes.

              1. re: soniasw
                scoopG May 30, 2008 06:58 PM

                Frozen? I think not. They are air lifted from around the world into Hunts Point, wherever lychees are grown. Demand, and the supply of fresh produce is the hallmark of Chinatown.


                1. re: scoopG
                  kobetobiko May 30, 2008 07:36 PM

                  I don't think they are frozen either. I like longan too, less assertive sweetness, more delicate. But good lychees are like suger pops! You just can't resist.

                  1. re: kobetobiko
                    bigfresser May 31, 2008 09:12 PM

                    the lychees i bought on friday from chinatown were insanely good-
                    kobe- i gurantee you will find them delicious- the 9 pounds i bohgt on friday lasted less than 24 hours

                    here is a pic of the lychees i bought


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