Submitted by Marcia Van Camp
For my birthday this year, I decided to buy some unique fruit for our Hobbit themed party. I bought Dragon fruit and also "Dragon's Eyes" which are officially known as Rambutan. They are sweet, very good for you, and are similar to a lychee. I bought these at Grand Mart in Falls Church, VA, but other international stores might carry them as well. The clerk who helped me said they had a lot of these in Honduras where he grew up. There are also several different types, so what you see might be a little more colorful, or might be smooth as well.
Below is how to eat them, so if you find these, grab some and try them out!
When rambutans are on the tree, they are very brightly colored. The ones in the store I bought were darker, but they tasted great.
To open them, take a sharp knife and cute a circle around the outside of the rambutan. Keep in mind that the outer layer is very thin, so you don't want to cut very deep, or you will cut into the fruit.
After you are done cutting, you can take the fruit completely out.
There is a seed in the middle, so you can bite around the seed, or put the whole thing in your mouth and spit the seed out. You could also try cutting around the seed if you prefer. Regardless of the method, some bits of the seed will come off with the fruit, but that is ok. You can eat them, or spit them out.
Another note about ripeness. When you open the rambutan, the fruit should be clear and firm without a lot of excess liquid.