Foodie Friday: Rambutan

Rambutan: a white-fleshed gummy fruit, similar to lychee or longan


Rambutan has a distinctive red outer layer covered with soft spikes. Malayan jungle tribes first cultivated the rambutan tree, and rambut means “hair” in Malay. These tropical fruits offer a grape-like texture (at twice the size of a grape). Like the lychee or longan, it holds a big seed in the middle. However, rambutan is not as sweet as its cousins, and actually gives off a slight sour taste. My preference is for lychee or longan, but sometimes I can’t resist buying this tropical fruit for its spiky distinctiveness.

p.s. Sorry I’m a bit late with this post.


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