Rambutan exotic fruit challenge

My Son’s Exotic Fruit Challenge: Rambutan

My son has discovered our green grocer and is now excited to try exotic fruit. This has been a popular video for me on my Instagram, so I thought I would share our series on my blog as well.

Our first Exotic Fruit Challenge is rambutan. My son was attracted to the hairy shell which made him think of Halloween decorations. He thought they would make perfect creepy eyes. We are trying to dry each half to see if it also works for creepy potpourri but I don’t think that will work out. The husk is drying to a darker and more shriveled version.

rambutan exotic fruit challenge

Rambutan are expensive here in New England. At about $5 a pound, a single rambutan costs almost a dollar!

Our impression of rambutan.

Rambutan exotic fruit challenge

Reminds us of: lychee.

Texture: similar to cucumber.

Flavor: Persian melon. Watery and slightly sweet.

Verdict: good.

We would eat it again!

Rambutan is native to Malaysia and Indonesia. It is now widely grown in India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Thailand as well as Australia and Hawaii.

Rambutan exotic fruit challenge

The seed inside the rambutan resembles an almond.

Who wants to try it?!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Dee

    How interesting! I haven’t seen these here. Have to admit that they don’t look enticing. But I love fruit so I would probably try it! Love that your son is so adventurous. Mine? Not so much!

  2. Cool post. I love it that your son has shown an interest in exotic fruits. What fun!
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  3. This should be a fun series! I haven’t tried rambutan, but it sounds like something my family would like.
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  4. That’s really neat! I’ll have to check it out.

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