The Hak ip is a relatively recent introduction into South Florida.
This fruit embodies almost every desirable characteristic in a lychee: superb flavor, large size, small seed and nice coloration.
In our opinion the Hak ip is not as sweet as the Brewster at peak ripeness; however that does not detract from the delicious flavor.
The skin of the Hak ip is thicker than the Brewster and it retains more bumpiness even at the end of the ripening process.
It is easy to understand why growers raced to plant out groves of Hak ips after this variety became available.
In nearly ten years our Hak ip trees have not produced much in the way of fruit; however experience has demonstrated that it can take many years for a lychee tree to come into full production and several factors such as fertilization, soil pH, moisture and seasonal climate variations can influence the productivity of lychee trees.
This article was last updated on: May 12, 2002
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