This Funny-Looking Fruit Came From Trader Joe’s
What is this thing?
It looks like it came from the bottom of the ocean, or outer space perhaps, or maybe even the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. As it turns out, we found it in the produce section at Trader Joe’s!
This hairy-looking fruit (which bears a striking resemblance to this Animal from the Muppets) is called rambutan. Although it’s native to southeast Asia, it’s now grown in tropical places all over the world like Guatemala and Honduras.
Rambutans start out green and then they turn red, orange, or yellow as they ripen. This super-sweet fruit tastes like a peeled grape and has around 10 calories each. Want to try one? Just cut a slit in the spiky skin, peel it off, eat the fleshy insides, and toss the pit. Rambutans can be refrigerated whole and unpeeled to extend their freshness.
HLB Specialties first sold Rambutans in the US in 2016, and now they’re back for a limited time.