The rambutan is a tropical fruit closely related to the lychee and very popular throughout Asia. It has a unique outer shell that can be either yellow or brownish-red, and it is covered in bristles that resemble hair. It actually got its name from the Malaysian word for hair, “rambut”. Rambutan grows in clusters on trees, once peeled, the inside texture is similar to that of a grape and it has a tart, sweet flavor.
You can peel the skin (like you would an orange) and eat the flesh fresh, as is or it is great added to salads, sauces and muddled for cocktails.
Crystal Valley imports rambutan from Guatemala from May through November and from Honduras from October through February.
Choose rambutan with bright colors and in-tact skin.