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Rambutans

Postby Larry Greenly » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:16 pm

I like lychees and rambutans, but usually buy the canned versions.

When at Trader Joe's today, I picked up a box of fresh rambutans (not cheap and they look very alien) after being enticed by a clerk who kept referring to them as tasting like "lie-chees."

I think lychees or rambutans make an interesting and tasty light dessert. How 'bout you?

And I've saved the seeds to see if I can get them to sprout.
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Re: Rambutans

Postby Bob Ross » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:55 pm

Love em.

But after sprouting, what are you going to do with an 80 foot tree, Larry? :)

There's a fascinating website on this fruit at http://www.rambutan.com/

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Re: Rambutans

Postby alex metags » Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:36 am

I like rambutans too, but have not seen fresh ones here in the U.S. Have only tried them in Southeast Asia. Where were these rambutans from?

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Re: Rambutans

Postby Larry Greenly » Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:38 am

They're from Honduras, of all places.

After the sprouts reach 8 ft., I'll have to plant them outside in the north 0.1.
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Re: Rambutans

Postby Jenise » Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:47 pm

Love them. At the Westin in Shanghai a few months ago, every morning's breakfast buffet included a huge bowl of fresh lychees already peeled and seeded. I had a bowl of them every day with my dumplings. Heaven!
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Re: Rambutans

Postby Cynthia Wenslow » Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:51 pm

We love them and lychees too. During lychee season, we can usually get them fresh at Talin Market on Louisiana in ABQ. But the rest of the year we eat canned.
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Re: Rambutans

Postby Bob Ross » Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:58 pm

Larry, fresh rambutans have only recently been permitted in the US -- there were concerns about the types of flies that live off the fruit. Thailand is petitioning for permission to export to the US, and Hawaii is resisting, at least as to imports into the islands.

I've read that Australia is also gearing up to raise them.

Interesting fruit -- I've only had the fresh ones in Asia -- and I don't really care for the canned ones. I'll search them out -- thanks for the lead.
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Re: Rambutans

Postby ChefCarey » Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:04 pm

Larry Greenly wrote:I like lychees and rambutans, but usually buy the canned versions.

When at Trader Joe's today, I picked up a box of fresh rambutans (not cheap and they look very alien) after being enticed by a clerk who kept referring to them as tasting like "lie-chees."

I think lychees or rambutans make an interesting and tasty light dessert. How 'bout you?

And I've saved the seeds to see if I can get them to sprout.


Damn, I haven't seen a fresh one of these in nearly a century - or at least 35 years. Used to be available in some of the markets in Vietnam. Hairy little devils.
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Re: Rambutans

Postby alex metags » Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:35 pm

Interesting that they are from Honduras... I wonder if rambutans from SE Asia are still banned, similar to the mangosteen situation. Recall reading in the NYT not long ago that mangosteens from Central America can be brought in, but haven't seen any of those fruits on the market.

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Re: Rambutans

Postby Larry Greenly » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:20 am

There's so many exotic fruits that I'd like to try. I love their complex flavors. I've tried Durian candies, but never a fresh Durian. One of these days...
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Re: Rambutans

Postby DebA » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:29 am

Bob Ross wrote:Love em.

But after sprouting, what are you going to do with an 80 foot tree, Larry? :)

There's a fascinating website on this fruit at http://www.rambutan.com/

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Thanks for posting that very informative link, Bob. I had never heard of this fascinating and beautiful fruit until now! :cool:
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Re: Rambutans

Postby Larry Greenly » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:53 am

I just remembered cherimoyas (aka custard apples) from Peru (and now California). I love that custardy fruit and its alien, reptilian appearance.

http://www.passion4fruit.com/105.html
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Re: Rambutans

Postby Cynthia Wenslow » Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:42 am

Larry Greenly wrote:I've tried Durian candies, but never a fresh Durian. One of these days...


Don't do it, Larry! Run far, run fast!
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Re: Rambutans

Postby alex metags » Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:35 pm

Aw, just do it. Try it at least once. Fresh durian is nothing like durian cake, candy, ice cream or any other confection (which are all too sweet IMO).

I like durian myself, but can certainly understand why other folks don't!

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Re: Rambutans

Postby Eric Ifune » Wed Oct 25, 2006 10:39 pm

I've seen fresh durian at our local asian market here in LV. They always have frozen ones. I've had them in SE Asia, liked them but wouldn't serve them at a dinner party.
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