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Lychee Picking




For the past few weeks I've been picking lychees every few days at a Lychee farm just up the road. In case you're not familiar with Lychees, they're a small round fruit a bit bigger than a macadamia (including the macadamia's shell). They have a thin skin (about 3mm thick) which ranges from prickly to smooth depending on the variety of the Lychee.

They grow in clusters or separately in trees, and at the farm I've been picking them by hand (the high ones are picked with a cherry picker). After picking about 13 buckets on average we sort and pack them, then go back down for another lot to pick. That process is done twice a day.

On Fridays a truck comes to take pallets down to the grower's markets in Sydney.

The pay is OK, about $8.50 AUD per hour, and I work from 6am to 4pm, with lunch and morning tea breaks.



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