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Litchee, Litchi chinensis / Sapindaceae
The litchee is hardly known in many European countries, where this fruit is imported. It is difficult to find it in the market, and in some countries it is only commercialised in Eastern shops and restaurants. It is obtained fresh from November to January, and dried or in syrup all the year round.

The following table shows the imports of litchee in the United Kingdom, along with the country of origin, the period of the year and the weight of the packages.

Country of originAvailabilityWeight of the packages
AustraliaOctober-February5kg
BangladeshApril-September2kg
ChinaJune-August10kg
HondurasMarch-May2kg
IndiaMay-July2kg
IndonesiaSporadicallyVarious
IsraelJuly-September2kg
MadagascarNovember-January2kg
MalaysiaJulyVarious
MauritiusJanuary-March2/5kg
South AfricaNovember-March2kg
SpainJuly-September2kg
TaiwanJune-August2kg
ThailandApril-June2kg
The United StatesJune-JulyVarious

Source: Fresh Produce Desk Book (1998)
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