Wow, so many of you knew what this fruit is!! And I knew you would! It is, indeed, a Lychee tree. Lychees are native to China and have been cultivated for 2,000 years. The fruit is said to be sweet and delicious, rich in vitamin C, with many health benefits. You can also get them canned in syrup or dried. The story goes that a Chinese emperor was in love with a lady named Yang. Her favorite fruit was lychee, so he had them delivered by fast messenger relay horses, whose riders took shifts day and night. As it happened, rebels wanted the emperors throne and claimed he was not doing his job because of being so infatuated with Yang. Rather than lose the throne, the emperor sent his love a piece of white silk to hang herself with. She was 38 years old when she died in 756. The emperor wept bitterly, and later abdicated the throne. Lychee, anyone?
“Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself.”