When Emperor Wu Ti of the Han Dynasty conquered the Southern capital of Canton (Guangdong), he was introduced to the juicy, flavorful "laichi" fruit. He loved it so much that he ordered 500 trees to be planted, but they all died in the frigid northern temperatures. He tried it again with similar results. He then remedied his taste for the fruits by demanding them to be paid as tribute. Later, mature trees were transported and carefully tended for a successful crop.
I like to think that if he was alive today he'd love this refreshing drink.
Lychee Lime Lassi Smoothie
1 cup plain, vanilla or citrus yoghurt
1 cup chopped fresh lychees
juice from one lime
1 tablespoon of honey
1 cup of ice cubes
half a teaspoon of cardamom and cinnamon
Blend ingredients together until smooth and frothy.