Once you peel the skin off, the crisp juicy flesh of a lychee fruit is white or pinkish, translucent and glossy like the consistency of a grape. Its sweet taste is so unique that it is hard to describe. Do you know that lychee is associated with romance and beauty? It stems from a story that came a long time ago.
During the reign of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty, he had a very beautiful wife named Yang Guifei. Lady Yang was so elegant and alluring, she was among one of China’s infamous four beauties. Emperor Xuanzong loved her so much that he worried only about lavishing Lady Yang with gifts, showering her with attention and satisfying each and every of her fickle preferences. Knowing that Lady Yang’s favourite fruit was lychee, he set his mind to bring the freshest lychee he could for Lady Yang, so as to see her happiest of smiles. Unfortunately, the lychee season was not all-year round. The season is short and the fruit is extremely perishable when the climate is warm. It also did not help that Emperor Xuanzong and Lady Yang lived in the Eastern Capital of Chang-an, almost 800 km away from Sichuan, where lychees grew. To conquer such a distance, Emperor Xuanzong ordered his army to establish a relay system of perpetually sprinting horses, to race lychees across the nation as fast as possible. Emperor Xuanzong’s determination eventually paid off, as Lady Yang was touched and happy when she received fresh lychee.
Therefore, lychee came to associate with romance and beauty, as it symbolised the love Emperor Xuanzong had for Yang Guifei.
If you have yet to try or were hoping to purchase our Lychee Goji of the Collagen Juice series, we’re sorry to announce that this seasonal flavour has come to an end (well, for the time being). It is true, like the story, that the lychee season is short and not all-year round, as the harvesting period this year is only from April to May. However, do not fret! We’re launching an amazing new seasonal flavour for our Collagen series. Can you guess what is it? We hope its sweet, tart and robust flavour would bring a smile to everyone.
Stay tuned! The our new flavour will be launched on 12 June. Who knows, Lychee Goji might even make a special appearance as well (hint hint)!
GardeningKnowHow, Saigoneer, FoodStoryDaily, FAO.org