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Litchi, Lychee, Leechee...

Postby Malc » Thu Jun 26, 2003 1:59 pm

However you spell it, they are in season and about as good as they get.

They won't be around much longer though, only another couple of weeks and then they are gone.

Best price I have found so far is $100 for 6 jin.

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Postby jake » Thu Jun 26, 2003 5:19 pm

Great photo. I am psyched for the lychees too. However, I've heard that if you eat too many, you might have a nose bleed. Does anybody have any experience with this?

Last night coming back from having some Coca-colas at my favorite establishment, I saw a truck where they were selling 8 jin of lychees for 100 NT. Can't tell you how good they were, but that's the best price I've seen so far.

Oh, is there a place in Taiwan famous for its lychees? The ones on the market now are supposedly of the bigger, juicier variety, yes?

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Postby Spiffj » Wed Jul 02, 2003 4:25 pm

Sunday night
finish up some work at the office
jump on my mini-hog
driving around looking for something to eat
under an over pass
stop the bike
guy starts calling out his lines (in Taiwanese)
female customer chuckles and giggles
look at the counter
ask for prices
couldn't get the Chinese down correctly
vendor tells me, "6 ... 7... 8 ... hundred"
HUH?
he repeats 8 kilo hundred
What? 80 quay?
No! 8 Gong Gee 100 hundred
Oooh! I say. Which bag is better?
He tells me they are all the best.
What the heck. Take the one near me
drive off

mmmmm Lychee, good stuff.
Ate 15. No blood, but I felt funny.
Co-worker said he could only eat 1 ...
chicken sh*t

So there you have it
8 kilos for 100 and not one was bad.

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Postby jake » Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:48 pm

I was thinking, Spiffj, that your new style is pretty beat--

Jack Kerouac wrote:exhausted, at the bottom of the world, but looking up or out.


What am I talking about?
I don't know,
I'm sick today--
I didn't sleep all night,
Walked stumbling in the field
to get wine, now I'm drinking it,
I feel better and worse--
I have something to say to Mao
& the poets of China
that wont come out--
It's all about how America
ignores poetry and wine
& so does China
& I'm a fool
without a river and a boat
& a flower suit--
without a wineshop at dawn
----without self respect----

Jack would have liked they lychee I guess. Don't think they had that in Lowell Mass.
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Postby Malc » Tue Jun 01, 2004 2:19 pm

And they're back! Lychee season 2004 has started at last.

The first batch were average but the variety coming through now is top notch. Not as cheap as they will be, but go out and buy some now.

Went into my local shop last night where they know I have a thing for lychee. "We've sold out," they cried as I set foot inside, without me even asking. Perhaps they could see I was disappointed cause when I went to pay for my other stuff, mom gave me four that she had been saving and promised they would have more tomorrow.

Oh, mangos are coming into season too.
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Postby sula_vaca » Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:01 pm

My mother and I want to know when passion fruit season is. We both love them but can't find any of the red type around. Anyone know when I can look forward to getting some?
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Postby Malc » Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:46 pm

Is that the hairy variety, or are the skins red? Perhaps this is more of a question for Sandman...
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Postby sandman » Tue Jun 01, 2004 4:17 pm

Malc wrote:Is that the hairy variety, or are the skins red? Perhaps this is more of a question for Sandman...

Bugger! Ya got me! Hairy lychees? You're kidding, right? Or do you mean hairy passion fruits? Never heard of those, either.
Bit early in the season for passion fruit here, I think. I have one in my yard that's just now starting to blossom.
The lychee's I've seen so far up here in Taipei are still a bit green. It'll be another week or three before they're at their best, so I'd hold off till then. Might be further along as you go south.
Hairy? Maybe you're thinking about scrotes from Thailand? OK, so they're really called rambutans but they look even more like scrotums than my own scrotum, so scrotes they will remain. Inside, they look and taste pretty similar to lychees.

And yeah, I binge on lychees to the point of sometimes quite spectacular nosebleeds -- they're considered by the Chinese to be very "hot" fruit that you should only eat in moderation. Bugger that!
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Postby Malc » Tue Jun 01, 2004 5:47 pm

I know what you mean about the green lychee, but the ones I had yesterday were red and quite delicious.

Never managed a nosebleed before, despite everyone warning me of the impending nasal disaster.

And thanks, I will never eat another rambutan after that description.
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Postby coffeecat » Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:49 am

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Postby coffeecat » Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:52 am

jake wrote:I saw a truck where they were selling 8 jin of lychees for 100 NT. Can't tell you how good they were, but that's the best price I've seen so far.
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Postby Malc » Wed Jun 02, 2004 9:09 am

Miaoli you think cc? Not sure, but I think further south, maybe Kaosiung or Tainan as they like a warmer clime.

Had a look around Puli and surroundings, but didn't see any evidence of any lychee. The chaps at market said there might be some in Nantou, and I remember being told that the lychee towards the end of the season come from the middle of the island.
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Postby coffeecat » Wed Jun 02, 2004 9:21 am

Malc wrote:Miaoli you think cc? Not sure, but I think further south, maybe Kaosiung or Tainan as they like a warmer clime.

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Postby unrelated » Wed Jun 02, 2004 11:13 am

Lychee, like Longan expands with water, especially warm or hot water. So before or after eating them, do not take too much water. I've had bad experience with it, but they are absolutely delicious!!!

No lychees for me here.... :x
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Postby turtleman » Wed Jun 30, 2004 10:45 am

Here is my Lichi story... my first year in Taiwan, I did not eat a lichi for 15 years. I shared 6 jin for $100 with a teacher at school. It was the day before I was to return home for a summer break. Well, I was eating lichi that night and during the flight home. That's 3 jin of lichi in less than 24 hours. It was goooooood and my mom was not there to tell me that I'll get a nose bleed - nonsense! :lol:


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