Ever come across a hairy looking fruit that looked like it belonged to a galaxy far far away in space or floating around the depths of the ocean?
Although some might be apprehensive to touch, let alone try this alien-looking fruit, your mother was right all along, don’t judge a book by its cover. Once the spiky skin is cut away, these little guys hold a deliciously sweet fruit under their armor.
These are RAMBUTAN.
I love to try the new things that are in season at my farmers market, and these happen to come out twice a year, so more quality time you can spend with these spiky friends.
Jokes aside, the spikes don’t hurt at all, they are actually soft and the skin is surprisingly easy to cut.
You can find them from June – August and again from December – January.
Once you gain the courage to pick them up you will notice how playful the spikes are, then you can just cut them around in a circle, similar to an avocado because Rambutan contains a seed in the middle. You can peel back the skin then eat around the seed. These are very similar to Lychee fruit, but if you have never had the chance to try Lychee then the most common fruit I could compare it to would be a thicker version of a grape. Maybe more-so a thicker grape without skin.
You can even save the seeds and mash them into a paste for your own skin. The seeds of Rambutan are known to have “uplifting” effects on our skin. Just apply the mashed paste to your skin to improve complexion. I have yet to try this on my skin though, but I’m going to start collection my seeds now!
Along with satisfying your sweet tooth and clearing up our skin, Rambutan is still helping us from the inside-out too! These little fruits are jam packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, iron, potassium, & phosphorus.
- Vitamin C – formation of collagen, absorption of iron, maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Necessary of growth, repair, and development of tissues in the body.
- Antioxidants – Maintaining good health and preventing disease.
- Fiber – helps maintain bowel health, lowers cholesterol, helps maintain blood sugar levels, aids in achieving healthy weight.
- Iron -It helps metabolize proteins and plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells, helps decrease fatigue.
- Potassium – relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress. It helps to enhance muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system.
- Phosphorus – bone formation, digestion, excretion & urination, weakness, brain function, protein formation, cell repair, & hormone balance
- Copper – helps with the formation of collagen, increases the absorption of iron and plays a role in energy production.They are mainly eaten raw, but can be incorporated into some dishes such as cooking with sugar for desserts or adding some sweetness to a curry dish. I like to just snack on them, especially in a bowl of watermelon & dragon fruit!
Store wrapped in a paper towel, place inside a ziplock bag inside your refrigerator for up to two weeks. Leave the skin on until right before eaten.