***Each month Mockingbird will do a post of a featured item from the Sunrise Market. Located in West Knoxville it is an expansive Asian grocery store full of live fish, duck hearts, produce, and many, many other amazing items.***
The rambutan (pronounced /rÃ¦mËˆbuËtÉ™n/, Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae, and the fruit of this tree. It is native to Malaysia, Indonesia,Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, although its precise natural distribution is unknown. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the Lychee, Longan, and Mamoncillo.
I found a video online showing how to peel the hairy fruit. The texture was almost like a gummy candy with a hard center. The flavor was really sweet and delicious. A quick search for recipes came up with savory stuffed Rambutans and a Rambutan-Lychee glaze. They would be delicious in a martini if you wanted something a little sweeter.