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May 30, 2008 07:21 AM

Have Florida's lychees hit chinatown yet?

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

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  1. Yes, lychees are available in Chinatown now.

    10 Replies
    1. re: scoopG

      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

        Hi scoopG,

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

        1. re: kobetobiko


          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

            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

              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

            Hi kobetobiko - not sure where they are from!

            1. re: kobetobiko

              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

                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

                  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

                    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