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How to grow lychee

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Lychee is an exotic evergreen tree that can reach 40 feet in height. It produces red ovoid fruits with white flesh, a single large seed, and a tough, "bumpy," easily peeled skin
  • The seed is poisonous and should not be eaten. A chemical in the seed causes low blood sugar, which is why outbreaks of severe illness (and even deaths) among malnourished children during harvest time are common in areas like India
  • Lychee yields can be fairly large, although most trees will produce bountiful yields only one year out of every three; trees thrive and produce well in subtropical and Mediterranean-type climates
  • If you’re in plant hardiness zones 10 or 11, you can grow lychee outdoors in your garden. Lychee grown indoors will rarely produce fruit due to the lack of sunlight
  • Instructions on how to propagate lychee from seed, harvest, storage and usage are included

Lychee is an exotic evergreen tree that can reach 40 feet in height. It produces red ovoid fruits with white flesh, a single large seed, and a tough, "bumpy," easily peeled skin. As noted by The Spruce, “The fruit has a light, perfume-like flavor. It is usually eaten fresh or frozen and can be made into sauces, jam, puree or preserves.”

The seed is poisonous and should not be eaten. A chemical in the seed causes low blood sugar, which is why outbreaks of severe illness (and even deaths) among malnourished children during harvest time are common in areas like India. Discard seeds safety to make sure they won’t accidentally be eaten by children or pets.


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