Photo – Rambutan

The first time I saw the Rambutan was in Thailand. I saw a group of wild macaques
monkeys eating them in a 13th century old khmer temple called Prang Sam Yot in
Lopburi which is their home. They obviously have had years of practise opening
them and made it look so easy. I needed a knife to open them. I love the
taste and texture of this fruit.
The flesh exposed when the outer skin is peeled off is sweet and sour, slightly
grape-like and gummy to the taste. The name rambutan is derived from the
Malay/Indonesian word rambutan, meaning “hairy” rambut the word for “hair”
in both languages due to the spines covering the fruit’s skin.

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