Not long ago, my parents purchased a tin of lychees. They tasted ok when eaten straight out of the tin, but I was wondering: Is there a proper way to eat them (like rhubarb needs to be eaten in a crumble with custard) ?
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No special way.
You can eat them right from the can; they should be already peeled and without the big seed.
You can add them up to a salsa, or a fruit salad; or even cooked dishes (curries).
In the most lychee famous story I know, it is eaten fresh, carried over distances by courier at great expense:
Lychee was a favorite fruit for Yang, and the emperor had the fruit, which was only grown in southern China, delivered by the imperial courier's fast horses, whose riders would take shifts day and night in a Pony Express-like manner, to the capital. (Most historians believe the fruits were delivered from modern Guangdong, but some believe they came from modern Sichuan.)
In more recent news, do not allow malnourished children to eat lychee on an empty stomach. This has resulted in deaths that have just been explained.