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Glorious Lychees
Glorious Lychees

Norman Van Aken talks about his love affair with Lychees

© 2015 All rights reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken, “My Florida Kitchen”

Yield: 4 Cups

½ Cup sugar

1 small red onion, diced medium (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 mango, peeled and diced medium

½ pineapple, diced medium (about 3 cups)

1 Tablespoon 5 Spice Powder (recipe below)

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and allow to stand.

1 Cup apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon peeled and chopped ginger

1 star anise pod

10 lychees, cleaned and roughly chopped

Put the vinegar, ginger, and star anise in a pot and simmer. Reduce to 3/4 Cup and strain.

Combine it with the rest in a large heavy saucepan.

Cook on medium heat about 20 minutes and allow to cool. Strain off juices into another pan.

Reduce the juices until almost syrupy and return to the fruit.

Add lychees and taste for acidity etc. Keeps refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon toasted fennel seed, ground

1 teaspoon ground star anise

1 teaspoon ground cardamon

1 teaspoon cayenne

Mix all together and reserve.
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Norman Van Aken has been described as legendary, visionary and a trailblazer. He is known as “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of “Fusion” to the culinary world.