The lychee is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. It is a tropical and subtropical fruit tree native to southern China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, and now cultivated in many parts of the world. The fresh fruit has a 'delicate, whitish pulp' with a floral smell and a fragrant, sweet flavor. Since this perfumey flavour is lost in canning, the fruit is usually eaten fresh.
Contributions by MPF, Garzo, and Kiteinthewind.