This past weekend was the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. There are many food customs on this holiday, one of which is to enjoy a new fruit to remind us to appreciate the fruits of the earth and that we are here to enjoy them. Every year the search is on for a fruit that we have never had before — not such an easy task. This year, Andy and I found two new fruits to share with my family. The first is the Rambutan.
The rambutan is the fruit of a tropical tree that is native to Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The literal translation of rambutan is “hairy,” and as you can see, the fruit is covered in “hair.” When we first saw the rambutan we were a little skeptical, as it doesn’t look so appetizing. Luckily there was a gentleman at the supermarket who was buying lots of these little fruits and he explained to us what they are. The outside of the rambutan is inedible, and the inside edible flesh is translucent, with a sweet, mildly acidic flavor — very similar to the Lychee, another tropical fruit.
How to eat the rambutan:
As for the nutritional benefits of rambutan, I couldn’t find a lot of information on this, but it does contain a fair amount of vitamin C. And it’s fruit, so what’s not to enjoy!
Stay tuned for the second new fruit I tried this weekend — the Mamey.