I’m always excited to find a new food. When I tried my first Rambutan during Easter week and discovered their deliciously sweet and slightly sour flavor, the title seemed to fit perfectly. About the size of a plum, the Rambutan is a strange looking exotic fruit. It is known as the Lychee fruit with whiskers. Rambutans are in season during late Fall and early Winter and then again in Spring and early Summer. This fruit, once found only in it’s native Southeast Asia, can now be found just about anywhere.
Rambutans are a good source of antioxidants such as vitamins A and C. They also contain iron and potassium as well as a small amount of calcium, niacin, protein and fiber. Rambutans can be substituted for Lychees in any recipe. They can be used in salads, smoothies, accompany ice cream as a dessert, or in your favorite summer cocktail. Rambutans should be stored in a refrigerator and have a shelf life of 3-4 days. Enjoy!