The lychee fruit dates back to ancient China, but you don't have to travel across the world to find it. Prevalent in Asian-inspired markets and grocery stores alike, lychees are suitable in stir-fry dishes, salads and as a sweet snack on their own. Before you enjoy the flesh, you must take a moment to peel away the hard, reddish shell. Individual lychees are low in calories, but eating a handful can quickly boost your caloric intake.
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Dried Lychees Are Higher in Calories
It's often possible to find raw and dried lychees in the supermarket, but the display might be marked "litchi," which is the alternate spelling of this fruit's name. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a single lychee without its shell contains about 6 calories. Dried lychees are higher in sugar and calories than their raw counterparts. A single dried lychee has 7 calories.