Rambutan is so named as the word ‘rambut’ means hair in the Malay language. Therefore, rambutan means a hairy fruit.
The outer skin of this tropical fruit is hairy and leathery. Inside this hide a juicy fruit that covers the seed. It is this layer of juicy ( well almost always juicy, but there are other varieties) layer that is enjoyed. Both kids and adults love rambutans and the way it is eaten is slightly different .
Rambutans are seasonal fruits in Malaysia and other parts of South East Asia. The fruit can be sweet, or, sour, with the flesh texture ranging from firm to soft and juicy. It is similar to lychee as both have a tough leathery outer skin and a juicy inside.
Rambutans usually comes in various shades of red when ripe. The unripe ones are normally green and tastes horrid if plucked when very young. How, not all rambutans are red. There are some varieties that are yellow/green or yellow. As usual, the taste can range from very sweet to very sour.
The ones that you get in UK, Europe and US are usually imported from Asia. It is very expensive, and ranges from £10.00 to £16.00 per kg.
Earlier on I planned to do a series of videos on tropical fruits. When researching, I discovered that most of the videos in tropical fruits are done by people who are not from the area. Some of the videos are well done and these people have been living in the tropics for some time and knows how to best consume the fruit.
This is my version of how I eat rambutans when I was a kid. Later on, I graduated to using my hand and fingers to just twist it.
I hope you find it informative.
There will be more videos on tropical fruits as we go along. Of course, I will still be doing the regular cooking videos.
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Here is where you can get rambutans if you are in the UK. Click here.
How To Eat Rambutans
- 6 pieces rambutans You can eat as many as you want.
Biting it as a kid
- Place the rambutan in the mouth and bite through the skin - top side of the skin.
- Just make sure you only make a slit.
- Then use your teeth to bite open the fruit.
- Discard the skin and enjoy the fruit.
- Spit out or remove the seed
By hand as an adult
- Dig your thumb nail into the skin.
- Twist the skin with your 2 hands in opposite directions.
- Then the skin will split open. Remove the seed and eat.