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photoblog image Tropical Fruits - Rambutan

Tropical Fruits - Rambutan

Available most of the year but, in prime season which is April-July, it is absolutely delicious eaten raw and unaccompanied by any condiments.


This fruit can be easily open by hand. Its hairs are soft and free of unwelcome surprises. You simply pop it open, place the nearly-chicken-egg-sized fleshy bulb in your mouth and exercise your tongue and teeth together to separate the sweet, white flesh from the almond-sized seed...swallow the flesh...spit the pip at your closest cat or into your hand and then down between the sofa cushions...move on the the next one...


I am so into this fruit that I have been known to eat a kilo at a sitting...[makes a helluva mess under the sofa cushions...]

Tropical Fruits - Rambutan

Available most of the year but, in prime season which is April-July, it is absolutely delicious eaten raw and unaccompanied by any condiments.


This fruit can be easily open by hand. Its hairs are soft and free of unwelcome surprises. You simply pop it open, place the nearly-chicken-egg-sized fleshy bulb in your mouth and exercise your tongue and teeth together to separate the sweet, white flesh from the almond-sized seed...swallow the flesh...spit the pip at your closest cat or into your hand and then down between the sofa cushions...move on the the next one...


I am so into this fruit that I have been known to eat a kilo at a sitting...[makes a helluva mess under the sofa cushions...]

comments (17)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Jun 2013, 04:40
grin.... I can picture a kind of cartoon like movie of these fruits....
I never saw one in real life.
The way you describe the eating makes it like great fun. Especially spitting the pit to ......
Aren't sofa cushions designed as trashcan?
Great shot, you made it look something alien smile
Ray: It is a lot of fun, Astrid. The cats like playing football with a whole one. The fruit is delicious.
A beautiful shot of this beautiful fruit! What does it taste like? Is it sweet? Is the flesh sort of like a pear- that's what it looks like. What does Na think of your cushion stuffing routine?
Ray: It is very sweet, Elizabeth. The white flesh is firm...probably more like turnip than pear in texture.

Na is much better at hiding pips under the sofa cushions than I.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Jun 2013, 05:45
I've never seen or tasted one either, Ray, so in that regard this looks textbook!
Ray: We'll put it on the list for when you and Astrid visit Thailand, Ginnie.
It's a bright and colourful fruit Ray... i hope that you don't throw that hairs under your sofa cushions as well....petersmile
Ray: Ha Ha

The hairy peels are heaped into a big pyramid on the table, peter, then placed in a trash can and disposed of in an Adult manner. The pips, though,....
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Jun 2013, 05:55
LOts of unusual tropical fruits have reached our shops, Ray, but not this one as far as I know. Imagine eating a kilo at a time - your poor insides!
Ray: Tropical fruits are available from footpath vendors in Bangkok within less than 1 day from the time they are picked, Lisl...I am sure it is one reason why fresh fruits are delicious here.

Rambutan have a short shelf-life, so I guess it is unlikely they could get to your greengrocer quickly enough to still be ok.

Rambutan is very easy on the gut.
It looks like it could walk away.
Ray: It does remind me a little of the Australian Echidna, Jacquelyn.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jun 2013, 06:49
A fine picture and a fascinating read Ray. I confess I have never heard of these intriguing things before but I have eater lychees. I know a certain rodent that would be delighted to have one of these..
Ray: It is quite different from a lychee, Chris, although they are also available here fresh from the tree and also taste rather decent.

Ratty [if that is his/her name] would most probably enjoy a fresh Rambutan.
a luscious fruit. nice that you have shown us the inside.
Ray: Eating Rambutan in June is one of Life's pleasures, Ayush.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jun 2013, 07:37
Hahahah!! Sounds like we do similar things but not with the same fruit. I like fresh apricots but I do have to limit the number I eat for reasons best not mentioned. This looks delicious.
Ray: I had a similar relationship with apricots when in Australia, Alan...apricots don't grow in Thailand, but Rambutans make a fine alternative.
Amazing photosmile Greetings
Ray: Thank you, ZielonaMila. I am pleased you like it.
I have had this delicious fruit. I love your dramatic shot of it.
Ray: Rambutan is certainly one of my favourites, Mary. I'll show a few others as well.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 24 Jun 2013, 11:59
The picture is stunning. I will see if I can taste one of these at the local food mkt.
Ray: You might be disappointed if you try one in USA, Bonnie...it will have been picked unripe so that it can make the long journey and so will probably not be sweet...better to come to Thailand and sample them here.
WOW..great colors and interesting fruit to say the least...I hope one day I run across this fruit to try...
Ray: One of my favourite snacks, Robbyne.
Ray's crazy fruit eating world! smile Looks good, Ray.
Ray: Is good, Frank!
Wonderful and colourful. I bet it is delicious!
Ray: At this time of the year, Richard, there is no better treat, IMHO.
I feel as if I am being mooned by a fruit
Ray: They are inclined to be cheeky, Bill...it is possibly so.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk ... where the sun rises first in Britain
  • 24 Jun 2013, 21:50
birth ... it seems.
Ray: Or, perhaps, the egg at the moment of being assailed by a swimming horde of sperm...

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