Lychee

This fruit is considered the rose of the fruit world with its pearly translucent flesh, tropical-floral aroma and delicate delicious flavor. Our Lychee puree is as exotic as it is imaginable. True to taste, it lures the palate to far away places with its uncommonly pleasing flavor. Use Lychee puree in these easy recipes for Asian dishes, desserts, cocktails, and fruit punch.


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Featured Recipe

Tea Smoked Duck with Lychee Glaze

Yield: 6 ducks
Preparation time: 6 hours
Source: Chef Eric Lee, Napa Valley Cooking School

Marinade:
    • 1 cup dark soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1 cups rice wine or dry sherry
    • 1 cups sesame oil
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 8 oz. The Perfect Purée Lychee,  thawed
    • 1/2 tbsp. The Perfect Purée Lemon Zest,  thawed
    • 8 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 pieces ginger 1 inch diameter by 1/4 inch thick
    • 2 tbsp. Chinese 5 spice powder
    • 5 pieces star anise
    • 2 sticks cinnamon
    • 1/2 tbsp. ground black pepper
    • 4 dried red chiles, like arbol
    • 6 whole ducks


Tea Smoking Mixture:
    • 1/2 cup Asian loose tea
    • 1 cup Jasmine rice
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 3 tbsp. The Perfect Purée Lemon Zest,  thawed
    • 6 tbsp. The Perfect Purée Orange Zest,  thawed
    • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 1 inch pieces
    • 1 oz. ginger
    • 1 oz. garlic
    • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
    • 2 tbsp. Szechwan peppercorns
    • 2 tbsp. coriander seeds
    • 1 cup smoking chips, soaked in water

Method:
1. Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade and set aside.
2. Reserve 1/4 of the marinade for basting. Marinate the ducks for a minimum of three hours up to a maximum of overnight.
3. Using the smoking mixture, smoke the ducks for one hour or until the desired smokiness is achieved. Transfer to a roasting pan and roast the ducks at 350° F until the internal temperature of the leg reaches 155° F.
4. Allow the ducks to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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