I recently read in the newspaper that Barack Obama misses several Indonesian delicacies : Nasi goreng, Bakso and Rambutan. Well, he better hurry up because it is currently the harvest season for rambutan!
Rambutan is a fruit the size of a golf ball. The skin is "hairy", thus its name "rambutan" (rambut=hair). When it is ripe, the skin's colour turns from green to red. It then has a very sweet taste. However, there is a kind of rambutan that is known for its sweet taste eventhough it is still yellowish : Rambutan Rapia.
Luckily, I have a Rambutan Rapia tree in my backyard and since it is rambutan season, today we were plucking away!
Left : Hanging on the trees; Right : Hitting the branches with a bamboo stick so that the fruit falls down
Rambutan rapia has thicker hair compared to other types of rambutan
To eat the fruit, you must open the skin. Opening the skin can be done just by using your hands