February 21st, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you’ve been looking for a replacement for your 80’s style koosh ball, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Fuschia pink ball with dark, soft spikes. There is a translucent eyeball of flesh inside.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Very mild, subtle sweetness with an earthy undertone.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★½☆☆

Gelatinous, firm and juicy. There is a prominent seed in the middle and the skin of the seed seems to like to stick to the fruit bits, which is annoying.

TASTE Rating: ★★★½☆

Mild and sweet; Reminds me of apples and cotton candy.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

These are certainly a little bite of adventure. I loved digging my thumbs in to the hairy shells and then popping out the gelatinous globe. My inner adolescent was dying to run out of the house screaming and holding my eye in order to terrify the neighbor kids by popping it in my mouth. But alas, Mr. Maven beat me to it.








Southeast Asia




Specialty Produce


I only had four of these and for some reason (we’ll call it excitement), I was too impatient to research these prior to eating all of them. Yes, all of them. Had I done so, I would have realized these were slightly past their ideal season (Dec/Jan), which probably explains the slightly dark patches. Nonetheless they were delicious. You can see more cool pictures of them and similar fruit here. As a sidenote, I liked them much better than longan.


When in season, you can buy Rambutan at most asian grocery stores and online here. If you get them online, a small amount will go to support the Fruit Maven. So thanks in advance!


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  • keri marion Feb 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    i bet this would make an amazing houseplant. I would love to see the flowers, even if it never bore fruit. lovely photos.

  • Ken Chen Mar 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

    We had them in Panama, we call them “mamón chino” (chinesse “mamon”) because we’ve a local fruit that looks like the seed but taste is more acid and is called “mamon” (because you suck the fruit to peel the meat). You can buy them at every city corner or if you are lucky take them straight from a tree in some places.

  • dea Nov 11, 2011 at 7:02 am

    this would make an amazing houseplant

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