The first time you see a rambutan you are sure to think, “How do you eat THAT?!?”. The fruit is covered in a hairy peel that seems uninviting.
Many people enjoy them as is and just chew on the fruit, eating around the center seed. The mild tasting fruit is similar to a grape with a more floral undertone.
As I chopped up the fruit my daughter ate it almost as fast as I could get the flesh off the seed, which means I was left with only enough rambutans to make a one-serving dish.
I stirred together the rambutans and a few tangerine, then drizzled a bit of sweetened lime juice and lavender over the fruit for a simple yet deliciously exotic fruit salad. My daughter nearly ate all of the fruit salad too, leaving just a few bites for the cook.
Rambutan & Lavender Fruit Salad
6 rambutans, skin and seed removed
2 tangerines, peeled and segmented
1 tablespoons sweetened lime juice
lavender (to taste)
In a small bowl, stir together the rambutans and tangerines, top with lime juice and sprinkle a few lavender buds over the fruit. Stir together and enjoy – makes one serving.