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The Rambutan is often mistaken for a Lychee but is in fact a different fruit altogether. At first glance you might think this fruit is not worth trying, even the hairy exterior looks odd. The skin is easy to peel and they are a sweet, tender, fleshy delicious fruit.
Rambutan originated from Southeast Asia and the name is “hairy” in Malay. Rambutans are now grown in Australia, as well as Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.
When buying rambutans, look for bright red skins. Green ones are unripe and avoid black ones because they are already over ripe.
Rambutans also offers a lot of nutritional benefits such as vitamin C, copper, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron. They can be cut open or you can just bite them as the red tendrils are soft and harmless.