This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Miss G. writes, "My neice, Mrs. Wm. C. Heacock, U. S. N., when in San Francisco, about three years ago, was presented by a Chinaman with some nuts containing, as near as I can make out, an edible pulp covering a stone. The nuts are about the size of the largest button balls of the Buttonwood or Plane tree, are of a brown color and look as if all particles were joined into one and hardened to a crust. I find by crushing it a little I can enclose a broken one. If it should be new to you so far that you desire more, I will send you some perfect ones and will ask you to name it.
[This is the fruit of the Nephelium Leechee, a Chinese tree that would be hardy south. - Ed. G. M.]