Rambutans [ngawk]

[Picture of Rambutan]

These striking fruits, with their covering of flexible bristles, flood Thai marketplaces during the summer months. The hairy rind is easily removed, yielding a sweet, juicy oval that contains one large seed. The rambutan has no distinctive taste; people enjoy it for its sweetness and juicy texture. Since it retains much of its character in canned form, tinned Thai rambutans are exported worldwide. Thai rambutans are available in two basic forms, the standard variety and the specially-developed, green- haired rongrian strain that has a thinner rind and a more delicate flavour.

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