It was elegantly garnished with Japanese pomegranates (no seeds) and thin slices of rombutan - a fruit similar to a lychee .
The city features six fruits - lemon, lychee , banana, longan, pomelo and pineapple - and three flowers - narcissus, camellia and orchid.
In the lush green foothills above town, I'd found every incline, even a slope that seemed too steep to climb, cultivated with longan, lychee , pineapple, betel nut or banana.
‘The lychee and longan industry in Hawaii is still quite small, with just a few farms and some productive backyard trees,’ she says.
This one has the classic lychee and rose-petal aromas but is comparatively light and refreshing on the palate.
‘Collecting, preserving, and classifying lychee and longan trees is especially critical,’ Zee emphasizes.
A good ripe crop from the Gisborne vintage this year produced some aromatic fruit flavours, with hints of Turkish Delight and lychee fruit.
His back garden on a hot day could well be in a suburb of Ho Chi Minh City, with its bamboo, lychee , grape vines and images of monkeys.
I picked up some fruits on my way home, so I now have at my disposal apricots, peaches, nectarines, lychee fruit, a mango, and assorted berries.
The fruit flavours range from common fruits like banana, strawberry and peach, to more exotic fruits like lychee , guava, rambutan and jackfruit.