Friends came to visit on Saturday and helped us harvest some lychees. He was up on the roof and she and I were scurrying around picking the lychees as they fell. We got knocked on the head a few times, but all in all it was great fun. After trimming the branches and separating out those that need to ripen a bit more we ended up with six buckets! Wow, and the tree is still loaded! I have since read that they will not ripen any more after being picked, so reckon we should just go ahead and peel them all. There are not a lot of green ones, just some that got knocked off in the process, and those are just a little sour.
We have been busy peeling, and hubby worked out a good way to peel and de-seed at the same time. I blended up the de-seeded ones and packed them into small containers to freeze. These I will use for lassi. a marvelous drink- equal parts lychee puree with yoghurt and a touch of cardamom. Other peeled lychees were just refrigerated for snacking. Neighbours and friends were happy recipients of the rest. I am not sure what to do with the rest - If I had a dehydrator I would dry some - might try some in a slow oven.
I am diabetic so don't want to make things like jam or bottled in sugar syrup, but if anyone has any other ideas of how to use up tons of lychees please let me know.