I'm getting ready to start a new year of Food Of The Month presentations to the middle school students at the school where I teach and I thought I'd start out with lychees - exotic, just weird-looking enough to grab their interest, but not so challenging as to put them off. (Learned my lesson last year with mango pickles!)
Does anyone know of any traditional uses for lychees? Any folktales, myths, stories? Any interesting history or facts?
I'm already planning to tell the story of how Emperor Hsuan Tsung had lychees rushed to his palace pony-express style for his concubine, but I'd like something else in addition.