‘Brewster’ is one of the most extensively planted commercial varieties in Florida. The fruit is large, deep red, and it is of excellent eating quality. The tree is a vigorous upright grower that is well suited to Florida. Like many other lychees it tends to be an alternate bearer producing good crops every two out of three years.
The ‘Emperor’ is an unusually large variety of lychee. It is good tasting with a large seed. The skin (pericarp) of the fruit has very distinct bumps.
This fruit embodies almost every desirable characteristic in a lychee: superb flavor, large size, small seed and nice coloration. In our opinion the Hak ip is not as sweet as the Brewster at peak ripeness; however that does not detract from the delicious flavor. The skin of the Hak ip is thicker than the Brewster and it retains more bumpiness even at the end of the ripening process.
‘Mauritius’ originates in southern China, but it is named for the island off the southeast coast of Africa where extensive commercial plantings have been in production for decades. It is the variety of choice for commercial growers in Florida because it is a regular and heavy producer. The fruit is sweet, pink to red, and produces chicken tongue seeds in about one out of ten fruit.
Sweetheart™ is hands down our finest lychee. It is a consistent producer of huge heart shaped fruit all having chicken tongue seeds. Production is close to that of Mauritius inspiring small commercial plantings by growers targeting high-end produce markets and gourmet restaurants. It is quickly becoming the variety of choice by dooryard growers for its reliability and superior quality.