I wanted to make a fancy mousse, gelee dessert out of lychee I got at the Asian market but honestly we like to eat them as is fresh! Here is a bit of lychee history, cultivation, nutritional value and medicinal value. Tropical and subtropical fruit tree indigenous to southern China and grown now in many parts of the world. A history of cultivation over two milleniums introduced to the west in 1782. It was also an excercise in photography for me.