017e6c31ede (2)(2)Rambutan (Nephelium Lappaceum) is a tropical fruit tree which is originally from Southeast Asia. It also grows in south Florida. The medium-sized evergreen tree should be kept at 12′-15’ maximum so it is easy to pick the harvest. I bought some of the tasty fruit this weekend at Fairchild Tropical Garden. It has a sweet flavor similar to Lychee, which is more common here. To eat it, you slice the soft-spiny shell open and pop the fleshy white part in your mouth. There is a seed in the middle, which you don’t eat. Rambutan can also be added to salads, yogurt, smoothies and desserts.

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