The lichee (Litchi chinensis) is the sole member of the genus lichee in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. It is a tropical and
subtropical fruit tree native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China, and now cultivated in many parts of the world. The
fresh fruit has a "delicate, whitish pulp" with a floral smell and a fragrant, sweet flavor. Since this perfume-like flavor is lost in the process of canning, the fruit is usually eaten fresh.
The lichee contains on average a total 72 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit. On average nine lychee fruits would meet an
adult’s daily recommended Vitamin C requirement.