Tuesday, December 3, 2013
While the Frenchman hunted for running gear at our favourite sports/camping shop, I went next door to check out an unfamiliar supermarket. And that's how I found the 2kg (4.4lb) box of litchis for R29 ($2.90) at Fruit and Veg City/Food Lover's Market on the Main Road in Tokai. When I compared the almost-empty Woolworths box of litchis we had at home, that was 1kg, and R65.00.
I am litchi-deprived. I find them only in Chinatown in New York, and then they cost a lot more. They are a common summer fruit in these parts, and are grown in the sub tropical provinces of South Africa. Good ones are plump, with crisp, brown-pink shells. Their flavour is pure tropics.
I shelled half of these ones for a fruit salad last night, with slices of the small sweet pineapples that are so ripe they are almost orange. We ate them while listening to owls calling to each other in the greenbelt.