29 August 2012
I posted this picture on Instagram over the weekend and offered a $5 prize to anyone who could name this fruit. To my pleasant surprise, a few of you guessed correctly - it's called Rambutan, and it's one of my favorites!
Rambutan is a native fruit to Malaysia and Indonesia, which means "hairy." It is a close relative to Lychee, another tropical fruit, and has a similar though slightly milder taste. You can find Rambutan at your local specialty Asian grocery store. For those of you in Columbus, I picked mine up at CAM (Columbus Asian Market) off Bethel.
Here's your easy guide on how to eat these hairy little things:
1. Make a small 1" incision along the middle of the fruit with a small paring knife.
2. Pull each half apart from the incision to reveal the white flesh of the fruit.
3. Bite into the fruit, making sure to eat around the seed. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
I'm all for being a little adventurous in the food department...but I can definitely understand if you have some qualms given it's...harried look (hah!).
Tell me...will you be giving Rambutan a taste test?