One of the pleasures we are enjoying during our extended time in Hawaii is getting to know some of the exotic fruits that are relatively common here, but quite difficult to find on the mainland. And the rambutan is just such an exotic fruit.
Bright red and weirdly hairy-looking (the word "rambutan" actually means hairy in the Malay and Indonesian languages), and with a tangy and delicious center, this fruit is delectable!
We picked up a bag of these in Honolulu's Chinatown district, possibly the best place on the entire island of Oahu to get reasonably priced fruits and veggies of any kind.
And of course, never having even seen a rambutan before, we had to be taught how to eat it. And my lesson was given to me by the 13-year old daughter of a local friend here on Oahu.
First, cut around the middle of the fruit with a knife. Don't cut too deeply. You only want to run the knife through the hairy outer shell, which is just a few millimeters thick.
Then, peel back the husk....
...and gently pull out the inner fruit.
You'll want to have a paper towel handy--the inner fruit can be quite juicy and drippy. And bite into it a bit carefully, there's a hard seed in the very center!
This is a fruit your whole family will enjoy.
And after you're done eating a bunch of these fruits, your plate will look like it's littered with the bodies of alien life forms.
This post is gratefully dedicated to the Lem-Tafoya Family.
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