Always looking to try a new food item, I happened upon these golf-ball sized fruits reminding me of a sea urchin or a bad hair day!
Whaaaaaaat could they be?
I added them to my grocery purchase and once home, commenced to research the “edibility” of my purchase.
These little fruits are known as Rambutan. They are grown is tropical countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia & the Philippines. The outer jacket is red with with soft yellowish & bright green spikes all around it. These pliable spikes earn the Rambutan it’s name. It comes for the Malay word for “hair”.
The flesh of the inner fruit is white with a single seed in the center. The Rambutan has a refreshing, sweet, grape-like flavor and can be eaten alone, used in salads or drinks.
To open a rambutan, make a cut through the skin with a sharp knife. If it is very ripe, they can also be twisted open between your hands, and the fruit simply pops out.
Rambutans are high in vitamin C, plus copper, manganese, and trace elements of many other nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and iron.
I’ve included a tropical fruit salad recipe from Spruce.com that you can tryout these cute fruits.
Easy Thai Fruit Salad Recipe (TheSpruce.com)
Use your own combination of fruit for this fresh fruit salad. If you are making it for a party, consider serving your fruit salad in a pineapple boat. Some tropical fruit, such as star fruit, add an extra visual punch.
What You’ll Need
For the Dressing:
How to make it:
Blog Provided by: Karen Foster RD, LD