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Season is Over for Lychees for Season 2013

We find ourselves at the end of the 2013 lychee season. The season was unusual in that it began and ended about 2 weeks early. The crop in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties was minimal at best, due in large part to the warm winter. The Sweet Heart lychee fruit that we did have was some of the best we have ever tasted.
We have no idea what the season for 2014 will be like, but we always hope that it will be great. Let's hope that we have a cool winter and if this is the case you can expect a good lychee crop.
Hopefully you pruned your trees at the end of the fruit season, post harvest as this will critically impact the production of your trees in the coming 2014 SApring season..
Good luck and happy growing!


Empero Fruit Cluster
A Cluster of Emperor Lychee Fruit.

Last year the season ended abruptly following the July 4th weekend. It was not a good season in terms of availability of fruit, although there have been worse.

For those of you still wondering why there were not much in the way of lychee fruit in 2012, the basic rason was due to the unseasonably warm winter of that year. Warm winters are detrimental for lychee bloom induction and subsequent fruit set.
Most people who understand and have tasted tropical fruit will agree that lychee is perhaps one of the finest tasting tropical fruits in the "tropical world". This, of course is not to slight mangos, of which there are some phenomenally delicious tasting varities (i.e. Carrie, Julie, Kent, Keitt, etc.)
Both from my own experience and reports coming back from the field suggest that a chilled Sweet HeartTM lychee fruit is in fact a better tasting experience than a Mangosteen, which is widely considered the King of All Fruits. I have discussed this with many of our lychee loving friends who have experience Mangosteens and there is almost universal concurrence.
So there you have it. The Sweet HeartTM lychee, when chilled is the best tasting tropical fruit on the planet.
Do I only wish that we had an unlimited supply of these fruit!

The ideal situation for bloom induction involves entering the cooler months in a state of dormancy. Typically, lychee trees grow in recurrent flushes of growth followed by periods of dormancy. When an emerging growth flush is exposed to ambient temperatures below 68 degrees F the new growth will emerge as bloom. Under normal circumstances bloom will occur sometime between the middle of January and the middle of February. This is not always the case as evidenced by a very late bloom (end of March) two years ago.

Grove Video from 2011 - Bill Shows the Status of Sweetheart and Mauritius fruit.

In this 5 minute video Bill shows the two different types of lychee trees in this grove (Sweetheart and Mauritius). He demonsrates the difference between Sweetheart and Mauritius fruit and shows how to determine fruit ripeness. The clip ends with instructions on how to peel and eat lychee fruit, for those who have not yet had this marvelous experience.

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New Featured Article - "Lychee Growing Best Practices"

This illustrated article by grower Bill Mee answers a lot of questions regarding the successful growing of lychee trees. This article puts forth the basic "rules of thumb" for getting lychee trees to grow fast and the overall cultural practices that will keep them growing and fruiting consistently. The article shows graphic details of what you should do and what not to do.
To read the article Click here

If you are a grower of lychees or just love the fruit and want to ask come questions offline please call Bill Mee at (954) 648-6020.

Click here for directions to grove

The Mauritius is a popular commercial variety with a larger seed, but a very pleasant sub-acid sweet flavor. It is typically an earlier variety than the Brewster.

To View Photos of Sweet HeartTM lychee fruit: Sweetheart Fruit Closeup


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New Featured Article - "Lychee Growing Best Practices"

This illustrated article by grower Bill Mee answers a lot of questions regarding the successful growing of lychee trees. This article puts forth the basic "rules of thumb" for getting lychee trees to grow fast and the overall cultural practices that will keep them growing and fruiting consistently. The article shows graphic details of what you should do and what not to do.
To read the article Click here

If you are a grower of lychees or just love the fruit and want to ask come questions offline please call Bill Mee at (954) 648-6020.

New Featured Video - "The Most Frequesntly Asked Questions About Growing Lychees"

This short video asnwer some of the most commonly posed questions regarding lychee culture such as

  • "How big will my tree get?"
  • "Why doesn't my Tree Produce Fruit?"
  • "How Long Will it Take for My Tree to Product Fruit?"
  • "Do I need more than 1 tree to produce fruit?"
and some other insights into growing lychees. Click to the Lychee info page and scroll to the the bottom.

Click here for directions to grove and see a video tour of our tree nursrey
To View Photos of Sweet HeartTM lychee fruit: Sweetheart Fruit Closeup



Lychee Extract May Reduce Abdominal Fat: Study
A recent study conducted in Japan at the Department of Medical Management and Informatics, Hokkaido Information University, concluded that a low molecular weight polyphenol (Oligonol) from lychee may reduce abdominal fat in people with metabolic syndrome.
To read an extract of the article Click Here
to read a summary of the article in NutraIngredients.com Click Here

Featured Lychee Recipe - Grouper with a Lychee Chile Veloute
View Recipe and Preparation Procedure  - - Master Chef Peter Krause has created a marvelous recipe using fresh lychee, grouper and chile. The recipe is brilliantly illustrated in painstaking graphic and audio detail. In all of our years of collecting and compiling recipes, that incorporate lychee, we must flatly say that this is the very best yet and sets the platinum standard for lychee cuisine. Come and feast your eyes and palate on this masterpiece. We convey our enthusiastic gratitude to Peter for sharing his recipe with those of us who love lychee.

Featured Lychee Article
Learn the Particulars about Lychee Flowering  - - Almost every one who grows a lychee tree asks the same question: Why doesn't my tree bear any fruit? This is a common problem with lychee trees and the answer and solution make for an interesting discussion. This article, divided into 5 parts, explains the morphology of lychee flowers and will help both the backyard grower and commercial farmer in identifying essential characteristics of bloom pannicles as well as methods to overcome the reluctance of lychee trees to annually bloom.

Featured Lychee Product: Lychee trees

The Sweet HeartTM is the very popular new fruit type from Homestead that has a large fruit and a small seed and as is considered one of the finest lychee fruit by everyone who has tried it. Last year the fruit was so popular that we sold out as soon as it became available. This fruit is very rare and hard to come by, but we have a very special arrangement with the primary grower.

The Mauritius is a popular commercial variety with a larger seed, but a very pleasant sub-acid sweet flavor. It is typically an earlier variety than the Brewster.

The Brewster is a very sweet and juicy lychee with a large seed. It is a late maturing variety and has been a commercial favorite in South Florida for many years.

Emperor Lychee Trees: After many years this rare variety of lychee is now available again. The Emperor lychee tree is a very unique variety. It has a more diminuitive habit of growth than the Sweet HeartTM, Brewster or Mauritius and is especially suited to container culture.

Unlike most all other varieties the Emperor seems to be more tolerant to drying out, because of it's very vigorous and extensive root system. The Emperor is easily distinguished from other lychee trees by the smaller leaf size. The fruit tends to be quite large and is characterized by prominent bumps on the pericarp (skin).
To view Emperor Treea and fruit click here: Fruiting Emperor trees and fruit


Lychee Information Center
Free Lychee Information  - Browse dozens of tips & articles about lychees including their origin, nutrition, varieties, propagation, planting, many aspects of growing lychee trees, soil conditioning and the soil food web. Some of the articles are written by us, some are submitted by guest contributers and others we have reprinted from a variety of government and non-profit organization websites that have great information about lychees already written. As part of our ongoing effort to provide you with a central source for lychee information, new articles are added at least once a month.  Browse Articles

Free Lychee Bar & Restaurant Finder
Lychee Bar & Restaurant Finder - Are you looking for a good lychee martini? If you are looking for a bar or restaurant that serves lychee drinks or lychee dishes near your home, office or travel destination, the Lychee Bar & Restaurant Finder can help. The establishments are grouped by state and provide phone numbers, addresses, type of establishment and whether they serve lychee dishes, drinks or both. You may also submit a new listing for a restaurant, bar or nightclub that serves lychee dishes or drinks.  Find a Bar or Restaurant

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