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Words of the Day: Li Zhi (Lychee)

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 荔枝, lì zhī (Litchi, or Lychee). It's a type of fruit with red skin, a big seed in the middle, but its flesh is super sweet. Lychee was grown in Asia, mostly China in the old days. It wasn't grown outside of Asia until the 1700s. The best Lychee come from the Guangdong province. When I was growing up in Canton (Guangzhou), which is the capital of Guangdong, I remembered eating sweet sweet Lychee late Springs, early Summers. I was always told not to eat too many of it in one setting. The old Cantonese saying is that one Lychee equals to three sticks of fire. Eating too many might give you acne, or sore throat. So three Lychees were all I was brave enough to eat in in setting. Those old Cantonese sayings really brainwashed me.


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