Native to Malaysia, the rambutan is commonly grown
throughout the archipelago and Southeast Asia. Small and deep red in
color, the fruit is covered with soft hair-like spines. The Malay word for
hair is rambut, hence the name. Cutting around the middle and
removing the leathery rind, reveals the succulent flesh which clings to an
oblong pit but does not adhere to the rind.
Considered a delicacy among fruit varieties,
rambutan reminds some of a grape but possesses a more complex
flavor. Tavilla sources Rambutan from Hawaii.