The lychee is a tropical and subtropical fruit tree, which is primarily found in Asia, Southern Africa and Mexico. It is a fragranced fruit with a sweet taste. The fruit is 3 to 4 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. The outside is covered by a pink-red, roughly-textured rind that is inedible but easily removed by hand as one who eats the fruit peels the fruit individually. They are eaten fresh from harvest from the tree, while others make it into desserts with added honey and most often they serve this concoction chilled. It is a favorite dessert fruit of many diners.
The Chinese consider the lychee, which is a red, heart-shaped fruit, a symbol of romance and love. And they make the lychee tea out of it. This tea offers a strong, pleasantly sweet aroma. The reddish brown brew has a light, sweet honey-like taste. This is s a treat served by the Chinese whether hot – or over ice.
Tea-drinking is a usual ritual in almost all occasions in Chinese society. Ceremonies are usually done with the tea as the drink served. There is no occasion in China where tea is not present, especially in dinners which are long elaborate occasions enjoyed by the food-loving Chinese. Such sumptuous dinners usually end with the tea-drinking, as it is believed that tea is the best drink that can help in the digestion of the food intake of the diners.
Even in hotels – the guests are normally greeted in their rooms when they first check in with the usual tea container and the tea cups, along with the fruits that are in season. The lychee fruit is of course one of the fruits available for the hotel guest to enjoy as a welcome treat.
Lychee tea, like the other kinds of tea in Chinese society, is believed to be good for one’s health. Well, considering that there seems to be no obese Chinese at all, there is logic in their drinking of tea. Even with lavish Chinese meals that they indulge in, the lychee tea and other kinds of tea help in maintaining their good physiques.
The good news for other countries now is that lychee tea is now available for other nationalities. The British are into tea-drinking; maybe Americans should also learn the art of tea drinking. Perhaps, this tea drink, instead of the colas and other fattening drinks now taken by the young, should be the drink really of all people – young and old alike. The health benefits of lychee tea included – cannot be overemphasized.