This is for everyone not familiar with the fabulous, one and only spiny fruit: the rambutan!
Aaron had them first in Thailand and introduced me to them…probably via the Uwajimaya store in Seattle.
We were surprised during our 5 hour shuttle ride across the country to see rambutan fruit stands along the road. In the US, if you can find them at all, they are dried up from traveling from Asia and ridiculously expensive. Here Miguel stopped and we got a kilo (2.2lbs – about 20 rambutans, I’d say) for only $1500 colones. That’s about $3! Awesome! And oh-so-delicious.
The rambutan has a weird hairy shell. You twist or bite to crack the shell (the spines are soft so they don’t stab you if you bite, thank goodness!) and inside is an egg-shaped seed surrounded with fruite like the inside of a grape! After popping open the hard rind, all that is left is to eat the fruit and spit out the pit.
Yes, please, I’d gladly have another. No, another kilo. Thank you!!!