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Step 1: Buy Some Ripe Lychees
Lychees are one of the most delicious tropical fruits and can be enjoyed year-round. When buying lychees, look for pretty pink skin (not green). To see whether or not a lychee is ripe, press the skin gently with your thumb. The lychee should give a little. If it's too soft, it may be over-ripe.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Step 2: "Open" the Skin
I find my thumbnail works best for cutting open the skin, then peel it back.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Peel Off the Skin
Now continue peeling off the skin - it should come off fairly easily.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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"Open" the Fruit to Reveal the Stone
You can eat the lychees as you peel, popping them into your mouth - just watch out for the stone, which is very smooth and hard. If you're planning to prepare the lychees (to serve or use in a recipe), "open" the fruit using your thumb to reveal the stone.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Step 5: Remove the Stone
After you've split open the fruit, dig out the stone and discard (Note: don't worry if the fruit tears).Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Enjoy Eating Your Lychee Fruit! (or Make Something with It)
After you've removed the stone, "curl" the fruit back into its former shape and place in a bowl. The fruit is now ready to serve.