About the rambutan
The hairy fruit in this context refer to the popular rambutan. The name of this fruit comes from the Malay word for hair, rambut.
It is a particularly apt description, for the rambutan looks like a bright red golf ball covered with whiskery hair. These hairs are flexible and not sharp.
What’s special about the rambutan
The rambutan is a rather peculiar and yet popular fruit in Malaysia. Native to South East Asia, the rambutan is available throughout the year in Malaysia.
Usually you can see heaps of rambutan for sale at fruit stalls by the streets. The cost of rambutan is cheap. For a few ringgits, you can get plenty of them.
The flesh of the rambutan
The rambutan has an oval of white flesh with an elongated smooth stone embedded in the centre. Some varieties of rambutan are almost freestone, but in others some of the flesh clings to the stone.
You can ask to sample a fruit before committing yourself to buying. There is also a variety of rambutan with golden skin, although the interior of the fruit is no different from the red-skinned variety.
How does the rambutan taste
The flavor of a good ripe rambutan is sweet with a mere hint of acid, and it is juicy and delicious. Rambutans are rich in vitamin C. To open the rambutan, twisty it with both hands; luckily the absence of sap makes it pleasurable to eat straight from the hand.
If you are in holidaying in Malaysia, don’t forget to sample this delicious fruit that can be eaten as an afternoon snack that is packed with plenty of Vitamin C!
Other fruits in Malaysia that you might be interested
- Starfruit – As the name implies, the starfruit looks like a five-pointed star when you cut a cross section of this fruit.
- Jackfruit – The jackfruit is said to be the largest fruit in the world, with the biggest specimens weighing up to 50kg (110 lbs)
- Duku – Duku is one of the favorite tropical fruits among Malaysians. Duku is a name in Malay and its botanical family is Meliaceae. Duku is native to Malaysia and is regarded as one of the most delicious of all fruits in Malaysia.
- Sapodilla (Ciku) – The sapodilla might not be a familiar tropical fruit to a lot of people, even for Malaysians, but it is certainly one of the best in Malaysia.
- Mangosteen (Manggis) – The mangosteen has been considered one of the most powerful super fruit recently. The level of anti-oxidant in this fruit is of super extraordinary. Find out why you should give this super fruit a bite.
- Pomelo (Limau Gedang) – The pomelo is a favorite tropical fruit among all races in Malaysia. It’s available throughout the year. As a result, you can see pomelos in almost all places in Malaysia.
- Red Durian (Wild Durian) – Have you tried a wild durian before? If not, you should give this red-flesh durian a try. The feedback for this special species of durian is that its taste is more pungent and its smell is stronger.
- Durian – The durian might seem controversial due to its overpowering odor; it’s actually very special in terms of taste and sweetness.