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 derived 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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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.
That fruit looks like a sea creature. I think your mom decided to embellish you with that fruit 😉
prancer pie says
Thanks for sharing this fun fruit with us. Being native Okies, we have never seen them! We like your alternate plans for them, too. MOL!
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
Amy and Toby says
It would look great in a wreath or centerpiece…
Sue at Talking Dogs says
What strangely beautiful fruit! Thanks for sharing, Sugar! They look very pretty next to your fur 😉 Woofs from Jeffie and Rudy
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
Madi and Mom 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
Gizmo (@GizmoGeodog) 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*
Frankie Furter and Ernie says
You look Super with those HULA NUTS on you. My mom says she likes to eat those thingys.
Hailey's Lady says
Our Lady would love to try that! Yummy! Lee and Phod
easy rider says
oh could you send me some hula berries as mail attachment?
Dogs N Pawz says
How cool are those! They look yummy!
Harroooo Sugar!! Thanks for inviting us to join your bloghop! We are going to go check out all the participants! Play bows,
Comedy Plus 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. 🙂
That fruit has some wild looking hairs, Sugar! You look pretty darn cute with a hairy lychee wig 😀
You wear it well Sugar! 🙂
Fenris, Tuiren, Socks & Scylla says
It looks cute on your head. We wishes we could try it. It sounds yummy.
Molly The Wally says
We have had Lychees but not one of those. Love to try one. Maybe we can get some from China Town. Have a terrific Tuesday Sugar.
Best wishes Molly
What an amazing fruit. We have never seen anything like it before.
BOL! They sure look good on your head!
Lovies, Miss Mindy
I’ve never had that fruit befores Sugar, butts it sure sounds delish!!
I like your idea of wearing the fruit as a hat!!
It sure looks creepy but we do bet it’s yummy! Do you miss the snow Sugar?
Kirby the Dorkie says
Never even heard of these! Love the third idea – they are as pretty as you Sugar!
That is the prettiest fruit I have ever seen! Would love to try this…
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. 🙂
Mom used to love these when she lived in Malaysia. And yes they sure are delicious!
That is a different fruit! You look like a Hawaiian Goddess Sugar! 🙂
We have lots of rambutan here, if they bought it, they’d be putting it on me too 🙂
We love this fruit and when we were in Hong Kong we made martini’s out of the fruit! Very tasty for the peeps!
Oh Sugar you are too cute!
Now that is one funny fruit, but you sure wear it well 🙂
Yummy… I love leeche, so I bet this would be fabulous too!
They make a cute hat!