Lychee is a native of China grows best in tropical and subtropical regions and can be found growing in many parts of the world these days. It is recognized as a botanical plant of family Sapindaceae which is recognised as Litchi chinensis.
Lychee tree can grow as tall as 20 meters but more often from 10 to 20 meters. Lychee’s production is common in China, Australia, USA, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and in some parts of India. Their popularity in Australia is growing as production is growing. They are extremely popular all over Pakistan, India, China and other regions around Southeast Asia.
Historically, the growing Lychee especially for food production date from 2000 BC. Reports suggest its introduction in other parts of the world began in the 18th century. The lychee is often referred to as the lychee berry, however, it seems more correct as “drupe” similar to a peach or apricot.
Lychee has one of the richest sources of vitamin C present in the food. They are low in fat and contain a good amount of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They are also a good source of carbohydrates. Litchi is believed to have many therapeutic uses. Many people have reported relief from cough consumption which seems likely, due to the high content of vitamin C.
Some reports indicate the lychees can benefit sufferers of gastric ulcer, if they eaten it before meal. These reports are made on the basis of consumer surveys, rather than research. In addition, it was reported that regular consumption lychee can help with symptoms associated with swelling of Swollen glands.