Is the fruit of the Lychee tree, which can only survive in hot and humid climates and has been a delicacy of the Chinese for over two thousand years. Ancient emperors of the northern provinces demanded that tributes from the south be paid in lychees. Still today people from Hong Kong travel for miles to Guangdong province, in bus loads just to consume and take home the delicacy.
The fruit is covered by a thin dull red skin, which is easily peeled away revealing the tender white flesh within. Commonly found in the roadside markets and stalls throughout southern Asia, sold by the branch or peeled and skewered, as a healthy snack on the go.