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Litchi Juice

Being the most renowned of a group of edible fruits of the soapberry family-- "Sapindaceae", litchi has a delightedly fragrant and sweet interior. Amazingly, there are more than 40 varieties of this fruit. Best eaten when fresh, it is also popularly consumed in the juice form. Having a typical rose like flavor, the litchi juice is even added to ice cream mix. The yummy juice is made by extracting the raw juice from fresh, seeded litchies and adding it to a mixture of prepared plain gelatin, cold milk, light cream, sugar and a little lemon juice.

Through faulty pollination, many fruits have shrunken with only partially developed seeds (called "chicken tongue") and such fruits are prized because of the greater proportion of flesh. Because of the firmness of the shell of the dried fruits, they came to be nicknamed "lychee or litchi nuts" by the uninitiated and this erroneous name has led to much misunderstanding of the nature of this highly desirable fruit.

 

Origin
The amazingly delicious fruit [Litchi chinensis], which grows primarily in sub-tropical regions of Southern China is related to the Rambutan, and is a member of the Sapindaceae family. Different varieties of this fruit are also grown in Southeast Asia, Australia, Israel, South Africa, Florida, and Hawaii. Originally grown in the low elevations of Southern China, the slow-growing litchi trees spread over the years throughout the neighboring areas of southeastern Asia and offshore islands. The fruit was cultivated in Burma during the late seventeenth century and one hundred years later, in India. It arrived in the West Indies in 1775, was being planted in greenhouses in England and France early in the 19th Century, and Europeans took it to the East Indies. It reached Hawaii in 1873, and Florida in 1883, and was conveyed from Florida to California in 1897.

The litchi fruit has a long and illustrious history having been praised and pictured in Chinese literature from the earliest known record in 1059 A.D.

There are also extensive plantings in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, former Indochina, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Queensland, Madagascar, Brazil and South Africa. Not witnessing a major production share in these regions, litchi is too undependable to be classed as a crop of serious economic potential. Rather, it is regarded as a combination ornamental and fruit tree.

At first it was believed that the litchi was not well suited to Florida because of the lack of winter dormancy, exposing successive flushes of tender new growth to the occasional periods of low temperature from December to March. The earliest plantings at Sanford and Oviedo were killed by severe freezes. A step forward came with the importation of young litchi trees from Fukien, China, by the Rev. W.M. Brewster between 1903 and 1906. This cultivation was renamed as 'Brewster' in Florida, from the northern limit of the litchi-growing area in China, withstanding light frost and proved to be very successful attempt.

 

Rich & Nourishing Blends

  • Mint Litchi Cooler
  • Summertime Litchi Iced Tea
  • Bloody Tory
  • Litchi Martini, amongst others.


 

The Magic of Beetroot Juice

  • An intake of one glass of beetroot juice daily can assuringly tame high blood pressure.
  • Beetroot juice is very potent, and it's recommended that you drink the raw juice diluted at least 4 times with other milder juices such as carrot, cucumber, or celery.
  • It is claimed that beetroot juice has the ability to clean and build the blood, improve circulation and calm the nerves.
  • It also improves the health of the liver, kidneys, and bladder.
  • The juice is claimed to be beneficial in the treatment of gallstones and kidney stones.
  • It cleans the intestines and fights cancer.
  • For women, it improves the menstrual problems as well as cures anemia.
  • It is traditionally used for curing eye fatigue & tiredness.
  • Along with treating skin problems, the juice is effective in dealing with weight loss problems.
 
Benefits of Litchi Juice
Originating from China, undoubtedly litchis are the most relished fruits. Chinese people enjoy using the dried flesh in their tea as a sweetener in place of sugar. The vast benefits of this tiny fruit can be enlisted as:
  • Consumed in moderate amounts, the litchi juice is said to relieve coughing and to have a beneficial effect on gastralgia, tumors and enlargements of the glands.
  • This fruit juice offers as much Vitamin C as the citrus fruits, and is an adequate substitute. People having high PMS (making citrus fruit an irritant to the nervous system) find it an adequate source of nourishment, which offers them greater ease in taking their daily vitamin requirements.
  • Litchi juice is also rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, folate and potassium. It also has useful amounts of riboflavin, iron and pectin (a soluble fiber that helps control blood cholesterol levels).
  • The juice also contains bioflavonoids, including red anthocynanin and ellagic acids, substances that may help prevent some cancers.
  • The juice is an ideal complexion booster and general tonic for the body. It is sweet and delicious and can be mixed with other juices or fruit like orange, apple or pear.
  • It is an ideal juice for weak vision and blood-shot eyes when taken internally.
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