Seen as a symbol of romance and love in ancient Chinese legend, lychee actually translates to "gift for a joyful life." Once you try this sweet little delicious fruit, you'll know why! High in vitamin C and flavonoids shown to help prevent breast cancer, lychee is also high in phosphoros, calcium, magnesium and protein. It's also rich in antioxidants, helping prevent age-related macular degeneration and other age-related illness.


When buying lychee, usually found in Asian markets, look for fruit with a pretty pink skin. Ripe lychee should give just a bit when you touch them, but not too much - if it's too soft, it will be over-ripe.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 fruit without refuse (9.6 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 6.3

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.0g 0.1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 0.1mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 1.6g 0.5%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0.5%

Sugars 1.5g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 0.1g

Vitamin A 0.0% Vitamin C 11.4%
Calcium 0.0% Iron 0.2%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.0%
Vitamin K 0.0% Thiamin 0.1%
Riboflavin 0.4% Niacin 0.3%
Vitamin B-6 0.5% Folate 0.3%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Phosphorus 0.3%
Magnesium 0.2% Zinc 0.0%
Selenium 0.1% Copper 0.7%
Manganese 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.