This morning I went to the market and bought this bag. What is it, you ask?
It's Lychees. Fresh. Grown locally. Growing up in very non-tropical locations has meant I, at 33 years old, have never seen a lychee. In fact, I had to ask a friend what a lychee was anyway, as we had heard it talked about here. (it is a fruit.)
They kind of look like strawberries growing on a bush. This lovely bag full from the market cost me 3000 Ariary (just over one dollar.)
The outside has a tough skin.
The inside, a soft, juicy, kind of slimey white pulp. One doctor I was with said it is the same exact consistency of eyeballs... and wouldn't eat them.
So to eat them you peel off the top part of the red skin...
... and pop it out of the rest of the skin, right into your mouth. Then, between your teeth and tongue, you need to get all the white slimey juicy pulp off the seed in the middle, without biting into the seed. (it's not dangerous or anything... just doesn't taste very nice.) This can take some practice.
And this is what is left. And with nine fresh lychees, you have consumed your daily requirement of vitamin c... but other than that, they have very little nutritional value.
But they sure are yummy! A very social fruit, best when shared among friends. :)