Rambutan [ram-boot-n]

When you’re not traveling the world, you CAN bring the world to you! I saw these while grocery shopping the other day and decided it was a must have opportunity.

I hadn’t a clue what they were, how you eat them, or where they came from. Walking out of the store with my bag in hand, I felt excited to share this with my brave, and my not so brave children.Rambutan

Right from the beginning, Dave quickly informed everyone they were tarantula eggs.  Score one for Dad!  We considered waiting for them to hatch or seeing if they could move.  If that didn’t get them all excited to eat them, I’m not sure what would.  When I looked at them in the store, I wondered if they grew in water? or on a tree? or…?

Despite their prickly appearance, they are soft, more like hair on the outside.  They open easily.Rambutan 3

 

 

The fruit looks slimy, but is just wet.  They taste sweet, almost like a kiwi or a grape.

 

Rambutan Nut

 

 

The middle contains a nut, which we ate too,
not to be confused with a pit.

However, we are unsure if we were to eat it or not.

Some claim you throw it out. Some claim you should cook the nuts first. And some say you eat it.

 

Eating Rambutan

Without any fear, these brave souls ate their “tarantula egg.”

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Rambutan - Scared to Eat

These ones took a bit more coaxing… and in the end couldn’t finish it.  [Sometimes the anticipation of eating something foreign is worse than actually eating it!]

 

According to searches we found, Rambutan is a tropical fruit grown most often in Southeast Asia. To us it would be considered exotic, but in places like Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and other similar regions it would be like us having an apple. The word rambut means hairy, and the fruit gets it’s name from it’s hairy rind.

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Check one for us. We have now eaten Rambutan, now forever known as tarantula eggs.

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