With all due respect to my Asian friends, I cannot seem to wrap my head around the lychee nut. Now, if it were actually a nut, hook me up! But it's not a nut, it's a fruit and I'm sorry to say I'm not a real big fruit fan. Luckily this changes in the summer but only towards the standards...peaches, pineapple, watermelon, etc.
So here is this bag of lychee nuts on the kitchen counter at work (thank you Dolly). The large print on the bag was in Chinese and we only discovered what they were only after fully examining the bag and reading the fine print. Believe me, there was a lot a speculation before we read that fine print. From afar, they almost resembled cocoa coated chocolate (yum!) but someone popped one whole into their mouth and soon discovered that cocoa coating was actually a shell (yuck!). Then there was the scent...for some odd reason their scent reminded me of a head shop I used to go in many, many moons ago (but that's a story for another post!). Believe me, they had great jewelry there!
Anyway, no one dared give these delicacies a try...especially after our intern told us how she had consumed several as a youngster and had a deathly allergic reaction. I was still curious so I scooped some up and deposited them in an envelope to take home. Someone asked if I would be brave and give them a try later...Nope. Well, what was I going to do with them? Photograph them, of course! After all, remember, I'm not a fruit fan and this is one crazy fruit!