A common variety of lychee with good stone to flesh ratio, and easy to peel. The Mauritius lychee is of medium size with a reasonably smooth and soft pinkish peel. The flesh is delicious and juicy. Mauritius lychee tend to have a high proportion of fruit with a small seed (‘chicken-tongue’ seed) which makes them even more enjoyable.
Origin: The variety originated in southern China, but is named after the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, where it was first planted on a commercial basis. The original name is Kwai Mi (also known as Charlie Long in Hawaii).
Grown in: Mexico, Israel, Florida, Hawaii, South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar
Harvest & Availability:
Mid-May to early July: from Mexico
Mid-July to September: from Israel
End-November to February: from South Africa
Mid December to January: from Madagascar