For my gluten free fruity frozen Lychee sorbet, I am using lychee as my main ingredient. Then sweetened with agave syrup. Besides, you can use either fresh or canned lychee. Likewise, I included only 2 ingredients, so easy to make and its nutritious, refreshing and delicious too. Moreover, this naturally gluten free lychee sorbet recipe is also egg free, soy free, dairy free, and corn free. As well as nut free, vegan, low carb, refined sugar free and allergy friendly. Lychee is also paleo. However, people on a paleo diet should limit their consumption of lychee due to its high sugar content.
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What is Sorbet?
Sorbet is a very popular icy dessert and they create it from mixing water and sugar. Likewise, they classically make sorbet with flavouring like fruit juice or fruit puree added. Because of the emergence of popular raw and healthy desserts. Besides, they use fresh fruits to make sorbet and exclude refined sugar. Instead they use honey, agave syrup or maple syrup as a substitute to sweeten the sorbet. Sorbet is also a non dairy dessert substitute for vegan or vegetarian and people with dairy allergy.
Lychee (Litchi chinensis) is the only member of the Soapberry family. It is a tropical and subtropical fruit originated from southern parts of China, namely the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian. Likewise, farmers now grow lychee in many different parts of the world with China being the chief producer. Then followed by India, other parts of Southeast Asian and South Africa. The history of lychees dated all the way back to 1059 AD. During that time, they ate lychee as a delicacy in the Chinese Imperial Court. Later presented to Western countries in 1656 by a Polish Jesuit missionary named Michal Boym.
Culinary Uses of Lychee
In addition, lychee flesh is whitish in colour and has a floral fragrant and is sweet tasting. Besides, a pinkish red, coarse textured rind covers the lychee flesh. You can easily remove the rind from the white flesh. Moreover, they use lychee as an ingredient or accompaniment in many popular desserts. Lychee is extremely popular in China and throughout Asia. They commonly eat lychee fresh, made into pudding, ice cream, sorbet or other types of desserts.
Nutritional Values and Health Benefits of Lychee
Lychees are bursting with flavour and packed full of nutritional values and health benefits as well. Because of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in the fruit itself. Lychee is a major source of dietary fiber and an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a good source of B group of vitamins and essential minerals. Specifically, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and vitamin B9 (folate). Plus copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium and phosphorous. Furthermore, Lychee has organic compounds called proanthocyanidins and polyphenolic that help prevent various cancer. However, due to its high sugar content, diabetics need to be careful when eating lychees.
Lychee has a multitude of health benefits that may include:
- Lower risks of cancer;
- Enhance digestive health;
- Boost the immune system;
- Build strong bones;
- Regulate blood pressure;
- Protect skin from UV rays;
- Improve blood circulation;
- Prevent fluid retention; and
- Has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Combine the lychees and agave syrup or honey into a Nutribullet or food processor and blend until you get a smooth texture.
Method One – Using Ice Cream Maker
- Transfer the lychees mixture into the ice cream maker and follow the instruction manual. Serve immediately when ready or transfer to a freezer proof container and freeze until ready to serve. Serve with mint leaves.
Method Two – Without Ice Cream Maker
- Transfer the lychee mixture into a freezer storage container and freeze for around 8 hours or overnight. Check occasionally with a fork to see whether consistency has been achieved. Once desired consistency is achieved, remove from freezer and serve immediately with mint leaves.