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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-06-29 06:43 am   Permalink

Found some freeze dried Rambutan (a fruit grown in Hawaii and other tropical locales) at Trader Joe's the other day. My wife said it tasted like strawberries wrapped in a dirty dish rag, but I thought it was much better than that

Because of the freeze dried texture (like dried foam) I'm not sure how you could use it in a food or drink recipe - any suggestions?

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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2008-06-29 3:49 pm   Permalink

Rambutan are from the lychee family, and fresh have that same milky-white gelatinous flesh and a single large pit. They have a more subtle, delicate taste than lychee, but are quite good.

Since they are similar to lychee, look for lychee recipes and sub in the rambutan. You said yours are freeze-dried, can you rehydrate them or do they just turn into a paste? Maybe drop a couple into vodka, add some Soho lychee liqueur, and think about a tropical island.

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