Rambutans are grown in Thailand as well as Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia. Most rambutans are red, but in Malaysia a smaller, yellow rambutan can also be found.
Rambutans grow in clusters on evergreen trees, and are hairy-looking exotic wonders!
Rambutans can be purchased in wet market in Thailand and Asian markets and Asian/Chinese food stores worldwide look for them in the produce section.
When buying rambutans, look for bright red skin. A little orange or yellow on the skins in addition to red is okay, but green skins mean the rambutans are unripe. Don't buy rambutans that have turned black or have a lot of black "hairs", as this indicates they are over-ripe.
Rambutans are high in vitamin C, plus copper, manganese, and trace elements of many other nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and iron.
Opening the Rambutan:
To open a rambutan, make a cut through the skin with a sharp knife. Note: If your rambutans are very ripe, they can also be twisted open between your hands, and the fruit simply popped out.
Enjoy eating your fresh rambutans as a snack or fresh fruit dessert. Like lychees and longans, rambutans make an excellent addition to a fresh Tropical Fruit Salad (Recipe). ENJOY!