Lychees with lime & mint ice

Prep 20 mins + chilling time | Cook 10 mins | Serves 4

¾ cup caster sugar
1 cup fresh mint leaves
5-6 limes, juiced (you’ll need 200ml fresh juice)
1 cup water
500g fresh plump lychees, chilled (remove seeds if preferred)
Extra small mint leaves, to serve

Step 1 To make the lime and mint ice, place sugar and mint into a food processor. Process until mint is finely chopped. Transfer mint mixture to a small saucepan. Add lime juice and water. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and gently boil for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Strain syrup into a shallow airtight container. Cover and freeze for 4-5 hours or until just frozen.

Step 2 To serve, peel lychees and place into chilled serving glasses. Scrape the frozen lime and mint to make flaked ice and spoon over lychees. Sprinkle with a few mint leaves and serve.

Good for you ... Lychees

Lychees are good source of vitamin C, which contributes to the normal functioning of the body’s immune system. 100g of lychee flesh provides the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C for a day.

Lychees contribute some dietary fibre, which helps the normal function of the intestine.