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Lychees in Scented Syrup Recipe-1393

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Look for fresh lychees in Asian markets during their spring season, although you may find imported lychees in late winter.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 Mins
Cooking time: 10 Mins


  • 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



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.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

173kcal (9%)
23mg (2%)
21mg (35%)
5mcg RAE (0%)
0mg (0%)
4mg (0%)
0g (0%)
0g (0%)
1mg (4%)

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