I’ve been trying out all kinds of different tropical fruits ever since moving to China, but for some reason I had never gotten round to the Rambutan. It wasn’t until my recent trip to Indonesia, where the rambutan hails from anyway, that I decided to have a go.
Rambutans are in the same family as lychees and longans, but on the outside they look quite different. It is roughly the size of a golf ball and covered in soft red spines that make the fruit look hairy. Inside is a stone covered in soft translucent flesh. I found it so identical to lychee in taste and appearance that I would never be able to tell them apart after they’d been peeled.
Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7