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The fruits that come with the most interesting packaging also seem to be the ones that last longest without going dry. Lemons, oranges and grapefruit last for months at a time (in the fridge), with their skins getting hard and dry, but you cut or peel them open and they are still juicy inside. The same is true for pomegranate and, to some extent, pineapple– very interesting (and annoying) packaging, but the payoff is that the fruit stays good for months. Compared to this, peaches and other stonefruit, apples, pears, grapes, mangoes, papayas and even bananas have uncomplicated, flimsy packaging, and are all far more susceptible to going bad.

I would have thought the same about lychees, but I had a few of them languishing in the fridge for a while, and when I attempted to peel one, my expectations set suitably low, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the skin had become hard and dry, but the white flesh inside was sweet and juicy. Once peeled, the skin also has the look and texture of a dragon’s egg (no really), and is bright pink inside the dull red, thus combining high functionality with great beauty. Perfection indeed.

(Here is the complete Perfection series.)

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