Instead of packing a banana today for little Billy’s lunch, imagine packing one of these bad boys instead:
While the Rambutan may look rather strange to us Westerners, it’s actually a very common fruit in many parts of Asia, including the Philippines.
And of course when I spied it at the Asian market last weekend, it called out to me. “Take me home…eat me….blog about me…”
So today’s pick for Adventures in Produce is the rambutan.
I was extremely curious how to eat this, so I consulted my favorite source of knowledge. Google.
Turns out you cut the outside shell most of the way around, and then pop it off.
What you’ll find inside is a juicy, egg-shaped fruit with a big nut in the middle. You just pop it out of the shell to eat it. From there, remove the seed. I found you could either do this but cutting the fruit away with a sharp knife, or just eating around the seed.
This fruit reminded me very much of a sweet, delicious grape. It was very good! If you’ve ever had a lychee, it tasted very similar.
My only issue? It was a lot of work for just a little bit of fruit! I would’ve loved to have chomped into a bigger piece without getting a seed in the way. The next time I make my way to an Asian market, I’d be curious to see if they don’t sell these pitted and canned.
While I just ate mine whole as a fruit, there is no shortage of yummy sounding recipes on the web. Some that I might be interested to try:
and wash it all down with a Rambutan Martini
Have you ever tried Rambutan? What did you think?