Malagasy lychees - perfumed perfection!
Towards the end of our trip in Madagascar (December 2010), the lychees were at the height of their season.On the way back, our guide Mamy - I never did get used to calling a grown man Mamy! - insisted that we stopped off in one of the small towns between Andasibe and Tana so that he could buy a basket of lychees for his family. My expectation of a 'basket' was more along the lines of a 'Little Red Riding Hood' accessory (which already seemed on the generous side), and I was staggered to see him staggering under the weight of an enormous basket half as tall as he was!We rode back to Tana amid a perfumed haze of perfectly ripe lychees - divine! And I am happy to report that they tasted every bit as good as they smelled: a memory to appeal to multiple senses!