…no, not ice cream. That’s so 20th century. In the 21st century it seems that the new “ice cream” is none other than…lychee.
Three months ago, I posted about how lychee was the top search engine term bringing readers to this blog. Ever since I mentioned it in a post about my favorite foods while growing up in the Philippines, I’ve received a tsunami of readers wanting information about lychee.
At first, I thought it was a temporary fad related to cooking. You know, making an old standard “fresh” by throwing in something new and exotic… like lychee.
(“Hey mom, these fried pig ears sure are tasting special now that they’ve got lychee.” Don’t laugh; Susie enjoyed fried pig ears in Hong Kong when the Chinese couple we shared a table with at a tiny restaurant in Wan Chai (of Susie Wong fame) invited her to try a bite when they notice her puzzled look at what the wife was eating. She liked it so much she gave them the menu to show her where it was so she could order it.)
After looking at my statistics again, the lychee fervor shows no sign of letting up. In the last three months, “lychee” has accounted for about 2,200 visits to this blog. Compare that to my total visits….
So I decided to see what’s up with lychee myself. I did a search for it on WordPress blogs. I was shocked: lychee is being used in all sorts of ways I would not imagine. There’s lychee infused vodka / martini, lychee wine, lychee lassi, lychee cupcakes, lychee tea, lychee ice cream, lychee jelly. I think you get the picture. Lychee is being used for just about everything.
Now when I was growing up, the only way I indulged in lychee was to eat it fresh when it was in season. No ice cream, tea, jelly, etc. Just fresh lychee. And it is delicious!
Until I did a bit of research for this post, I’ve always assumed that lychee is strictly an “Asian thang” – that it is not available fresh in the United States. I’ve never seen it fresh where I live. But then I’m in Tallahassee (a/k/a Tallahicky), Florida. I was surprised to learn that lychee is now grown in California and…Florida. Those South Floridians must be keeping all that lychee for themselves…selfish bastards. 😉
It is available canned in our one Asian market. But canned lychee is like canned pineapple or anything else canned…a poor substitute. Maybe if it’s being used for cooking, fresh is not a concern, but I’d want it fresh. On the other hand, if canned is the only way you can get it….
You may also recall from my earlier post that the second big search term drawing folks to my blog was… “Guatemalan porn.” That came from a parody post I wrote comparing a coffee catalog to porn and that Guatemalan Antigua is one of my favorite coffees. And since I mentioned that term in that post more than once, I expected that it would continue to be a popular search term.
And I was right. In the last three months, “Guatemalan porn” was the second most popular search term bringing readers to my blog with 82 entries. Pretty paltry compared to lychee, but still easily #2. And now that I’ve mentioned it twice in this post….
Peace, love and lychee!
(Got Guatemalan porn?) 😉