Rambutan is also known as “hairy lychee”, a fruit native to Southeast Asia.
The Hawaiian climate is ideal for a Rambutan tree to grow.
The fruit name Rambutan was dervied from the Malay word “rambut” which means “hairy.”
It is in season from September through March.
In Hawaiian, Rambutan is sometimes called as the “Hula Berry”. WHY?
When the top half of the skin is removed, the bottom half resembles a “hula skirt.”
A Rambutan is shaped like an egg. It weights less than a pound
with red skin adorned with soft spines.
To open it, you have to squeeze then peel it. My mom says it is easy.
Once it is open you’ll see a sweet, delicious, opaque white flesh with a single seed inside.
I’ve tasted a lychee before and Rambutan sure taste the same.
It is refreshingly sweet and super juicy (one reason you have to be careful when squeeze and peel it).
What are the uses and preparation for Rambutans?
1) Eat it as is (of course not swallowing the seed).
My mom has to do the peeling and getting rid of the seed in order for me to taste. it.
2) Many uses the fruit as food embellishment
especially the bottom half known as the “hula skirt”.
3) Well someone got another idea … what do you think?
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