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Chom Chom (Rambutan Fruit)

A Rambutan is a tropical Southeast Asian fruit. It has a leathery outer shell covered in pliable spikes and a translucent inside flesh with a small woody pit at the center. The flavor and texture of this fruit are very similar to a grape. It's incredibly sweet when ripe with a subtle tang. 

Fresh Rambutans

Fresh Rambutans

I love this fruit. It's a tasty healthy treat when they are in season. When I was growing up, I never saw fresh Rambutan in the Asian Supermarkets here in the States. Only canned versions were available. When I was in college, I started noticing fresh Rambutans in the freezer section, completely frozen with peel and all. Nowadays, I see fresh Rambutans in the Fresh Produce section of every Asian supermarket. Fresh Rambutans used to cost an arm and a leg. They fortunately have gotten more affordable in recent years.

Chom Chom Rambutan Fruit Vietnam

There are various way to have Rambutans. You can remove the pit and toss them in a fruit salad. For you alcoholics, you can mix the Rambutans in a Martini or a Mojito. But the best and simplest way to have Rambutans is to peel one individually and eat them as you go. Some things are best left untampered and rambutans are definitely one of them.

Chom Chom Rambutan Fruit Vietnam