- Course: Dessert
- Total Time: Under 1 Hour
- Skill Level: Easy
- Cost: Moderate
- Favorited: 2 Times
Can be made ahead of time.
Look for fresh lychees in Asian markets during their spring season, although you may find imported lychees in late winter.
1. Bring 2/3 cup water, the sugar, lime juice, and star anise to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat to high and boil for 7 minutes, until syrupy. Let cool.
2. Meanwhile, peel the lychees and remove the pits, if desired. Place in a serving bowl. Add the ginger and its syrup.
3. Pour the syrup over the lychees. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until well chilled. The star anise can be served with the lychees as a decoration, but it cannot be eaten.
Strawberries in Scented Syrup
Substitute quartered or halved strawberries for the lychees.
Nutritional Benefits: low fat.
Freezing Information:freeze for up to 2 months; thaw at room temperature for 2–3 hours.Prepare ahead:
Can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Good with vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream.