Lychee fruit are small (3.0?5.0 cm diameter) and variable in shape from round to egg- or heart-shaped. The skin Colour is bright red, dull red, purple-red or pinkish-red. The skin has protuberances on each segment that can be smooth, sharp-pointed, or hair-like and sharp. The fleshy edible portion of the fruit is called an aril and is an outgrowth of the seed stalk. It grows as the fruit develops until it completely covers the seed, the aril is white and translucent and has the consistency and flavour of a prime Muscat grape. Each fruit normally contains one chestnut brown to dark brown, ovoid to oblong seed about 1.0?3.3 cm long and 0.6?1.2 cm wide. It tastes from sweet to sour in some varieties depended on cultivars.