Rambutan: On Sale For $5.99/lb At Seafood City in Irvine

Hairy, but good!
Hairy, but good!
Edwin Goei

Little Saigon's fruit sellers seem to have the monopoly on rambutan--the golf ball-sized fruit native to Indonesia that resemble the dangling hairy testicles of a red, alien creature--charging upwards to $8-$9 dollars a pound for this way tangier cousin to the lychee.

I gather there's room for haggling there, and they probably expect it, but I'm not much of a haggler, so I was more than a little excited when I discovered Seafood City was selling them for $5.99/lb. They had them last week and they had them yesterday, but their stock is either dwindling or people like me are buying them up.

Get them quick! Before they're gone!
Get them quick! Before they're gone!
Edwin Goei

If you're unfamiliar to the fruit, here's how to eat it: Dig into the skin of each fruit with both thumbs after starting them off with a slit made by knife. Like a Russian nesting doll, the two hemispheres will split and reveal a white translucent flesh. Grab the thing by your front teeth the whole thing will pop out. Then scrape the juicy meat from the almond-like pit. Spit out the pit. Repeat.

The texture of rambutan, for those who haven't had it, is exactly like a lychee. But the flavor is tangier, livelier, and much better if you can get it for cheap (well, cheaper than usual).

Seafood City Supermarket, 2180 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606

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