Tasty Tuesday: Rambutan, Hawaiian Exotic Fruit

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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  1. says

    Oh Sugar you look so cute. I like the third use. I must admit we had not heard of this and not sure if we can get it here. But if MOM sees it she will buy some and give it a try.

  2. Daisy says

    SHE loves lychees…never had a Rambutan..but read about them. Didn’t know they were like lychees. thanks for the info.

    XXXoOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. MadSnapper says

    my hubby loves these, and people here with a loaded tree, can sell the fruit for 200 to 300 and the person will pick them. i can’t eat them because they look like eyeballs. but i do love them as a dog hat

  4. says

    Oh Sugar Rambutans look very delish and they are fun too. They sound very delish but we think the very best use is to adorn your sweet golden head!! Too funny
    Hugs your BFFF

  5. says

    Aw Sugar you make a lovely hula girl…you’re so good to let your mom mess with you like that…we only find lychees in cans here, we don’t have rambutan, but mom sez she’d love to try them…Have a good vacation and a Merry Christmas and we’ll woof at you next year! *snoogles*

  6. Frankie Furter and Ernie says

    You look Super with those HULA NUTS on you. My mom says she likes to eat those thingys.

  7. says

    You sure are good at posing too Sugar. Lots of practice I’m sure. I’ve never seen that fruit before. It is very colorful and it sure looks good.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your wonderful mom. :)

  8. says

    I’ve never had that fruit befores Sugar, butts it sure sounds delish!!
    I like your idea of wearing the fruit as a hat!!


  9. says

    Hey Sugar, Jet here.

    Love your rambutan crown! Mom’s tasted rambutan here in the tropics. Her samples have not had the “lychee” burst of flavor you describe. Since lychees make Mom go crazy with the happy dance in May/June, she’s slightly envious of your variety. Perhaps ours travels too far and loses flavor along the way. :)

  10. says

    Hi Sugar,
    We love this fruit and when we were in Hong Kong we made martini’s out of the fruit! Very tasty for the peeps!