Rambutans are spunky tropical fruits that look like bright red pom poms, complete with rubbery “hairs” on their waxy peels. Similar texture to a lychee, rambutan’s translucent fruit is crisp, juicy and tropically sweet. Rambutan fruit’s flesh has a jellylike texture that brings to mind a dense, crisp, nectarous grape. Because of their watery flesh, the flavor has a fresh, clean quality and a strawberry sweetness.
These rare fruits are a delicious addition to your fruit repertoire, and your friends at FruitStand are here to help you eat them like a pro! Rambutan flesh can be eaten raw, cooked, candied or juiced once you pop them from their thin peels. The peels and pits of these beautiful stone fruits are inedible and should be discarded.
How to prepare your rambutan will depend on the recipe you’re using. Here are the most common ways to prepare fresh rambutans for just about any recipe!