As promised yesterday, today is the first installment of my new series, Building Your Palate. Learn more about it here.
My first feature is something that I just learned about myself via Instagram stories: rambutan.
The rambutan fruit is foreign to most of us in the western world. StyleCraze described it quite nicely, “(Rambutan) is a medium-sized tropical tree and belongs to the family Sapindaceae. Scientifically called Nephelium lappaceum, the name rambutan also refers to the delicious fruit the tree produces. It is native to the Malay-Indonesian region and certain other regions of Southeast Asia.
Also spelled rambotan, ramboutan, rambustan, and ramboetan, the fruit is closely related to other tropical fruits like the lychee, longan, and mamoncillo. In fact, in the native language, rambut means hair. This is with reference to the numerous hairy protrusions of the fruit. In Vietnamese, the fruit is called chom chom (which means messy hair), referring to the spines covering its skin.”
I purchased my rambutans from my local Kroger here in the Highlands, Louisville, Kentucky. They are economically priced at .50/each. The flavor, in my opinion, is similar to a grape – but, even more delicious!
Eating and peeling a rambutan is very simple. This is a great guide (and is the one that I used)!
Be sure to pick them up on your next grocery run. It would be a great conversation-starter at a party that you are hosting – your guest will be impressed with your Asian fruit knowledge!
As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
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FTC: This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.