Lychees in Scented Syrup
Look for fresh lychees in Asian markets during their spring season, although you may find imported lychees in late winter.
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.
Preparation Time10 min
Preparation Time - Text10 mins
Cooking Time10 min
Cooking Time - Text10
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturespiced, sweet
Type of Dishfruit
- 1/3 cup demerara or turbinado sugar
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 lb 5oz (600g) lychees
- 2 pieces of stem ginger in syrup, chopped
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.
Meanwhile, peel the lychees and remove the pits, if desired. Place in a serving bowl. Add the ginger and its syrup.
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.
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