ISLAMABAD (APP) Delicious and juicy lychee which heralds the arrival of summer, is out of reach of the poor as it is being sold at exorbitant rates in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Lychee, like citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C, but unlike it, this summer fruit is beyond the reach of common man and is available in markets at high price of Rs 240-300 /kg. Ahmad, who was buying mangoes from Abpara market said Lychees are not only eye-catching in summer but are beneficial for health also. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to buy this delicious and colourful fruit due to its high price. Lychee fruits are low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber, which, can be very important for individuals who are concerned about their excess body weight. Research studies suggest that oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol has been found to have several anti-oxidant, anti-influenza virus actions. In addition, it helps improve blood flow in organs, reduce weight, and protect skin from harmful Ultra Violet rays. Biotechnol. Biochem., 72(2), 463-476, 2008). Studies suggest that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. It is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin and folates. These vitamins are essential since they function by acting as co-factors to help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats. Lychee also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and copper. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, help control heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.