Allow me to introduce you to my little friend, the rambutan. Sarina brought one home for me from Whole Foods the other day. You can also find them at markets that specialize in Asian produce. I could share with you lots of exciting facts about rambutan but we’ll let Wikipedia handle that. Instead I’ll just tell you some of the fine things you can do with them once you track them down:
- Use as a bottle brush for votive candle holders
- Freak your children out by leaving one in their bedsheets
- Dangle a string of them festively from above the windshield of your 63 Lincoln with suicide doors
If none of those strikes your fancy, you could just cut one open, remove the seed and eat it. The flavor is strongly reminiscent of fresh lychee, but a little less flowery. Juicy, fleshy and fairly sweet but with a pleasing sour undertone. I think the best way to enjoy them would be to buy a big bunch and sit around with friends peeling and eating them after dinner.