Although not generally as popular as it's cousins (Lychee and Longon), the Rambutan is delicious and unique in it's own right. I've always loved Rambutan... and half the fun is getting to say "Rambutan", because it sounds like the name of a Norse God or something! =)
Anyways, It's a popular Tropical Asian fruit that is distinctive for it's bright red and hairy appearance (think, tiny 'Tribble' from Star Trek). I also think that it tastes more "sour and tangy" than the Lychee or Longon, and perhaps not quite as sweet. This fruit is pretty hard to find fresh in supermarkets... even in Asian supermarkets. Your best bet would be at a local "Chinatown" grocery store, if you're lucky enough to live near one.
One odd thing is that I actually prefer Rambutan canned. I think it tastes really good that way, and it's easy to find it in a can at any Asian Supermarket. So if you're into exotic fruits, this is definitely one you'll have to try. So be adventurous and swing by your local Asian Supermarket to pick up a can. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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