(With apologies to the Allman Brothers, thank you very much!)
Even as this here blog o’mine teeters perilously closer everyday to reaching a million hits (and when it does, I will put this bad boy to bed….as in the last great goodnight), I’ve decided that your continuing education is something that will not waver.
Today kids, we learn about a very specific fruit.
Odd looking thing, is it not? Yet this really is fruit.
It’s NOT a pic of a hairy, red tumor that great Aunt Ludmilla had removed from her stomach and when she saw a post surgical photo, was convinced, it was her own chimera twin that died at four months gestation, 76 years ago.
It’s NOT a prototype for Velcro.
It’s NOT a red Tribble egg →→→→→
This hairy red thing is NOT a left testicle belonging to a very, VERY embarrassed Don King.
It is, as I said, a rambutan and it’s grown on a medium-sized tropical tree, native to Maylasia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and in certain parts of Central and South America.
And it’s gaining tremendous popularity once again, in Hawaii.
It’s a cousin to the Lychee, often found is a flavor for ice cream found on every menu in every Chinese restaurants on the planet
The name rambutan is derived from the Malay word rambut, which literally means hairy. Gee, that’s not hard to figure out.
The outer skin is peeled exposing the fleshy fruit inside which is then eaten. It is sweet, sour and slightly grape like and gummy to the taste. The fruit is usually sold fresh, used in making jams and jellies.
How does one eat a rambutan?
Easy. You can cut through the rind or if it’s freshly plucked from the tree, you can bite into it. The spine are soft when fresh and won’t hurt you. In fact, if you need a little flossing……
There are all kinds of health benefits to the rambutan. They’re chocked full of the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
Ash??? Pele been smokin’ again????
Rambutan fruit has lots of Vitamin C, is a key antioxidant which protects cells from free radicals and helps with the absorption of iron. Rambutans also contain small amounts of copper, needed for the production of red and white blood cells and manganese the body uses to help manufacture and activate certain enzymes
Some health nuts swear by rambutans.
A study released by the University of Malaysia named Rambutan as a fruit that had both antiseptic qualities and an antimicrobial food. This means the fruit is useful in fight infections both as a topical ointment produced from the juice, but also good for fighting bacteria inside the body as well.
So, go to any Asian food store and pick up some of these odd-looking things and try one. I hear they’re really good.
PS: I really wanted to end this post with “the funny”, but couldn’t. I was stymied by this little sea urchin looking bastard. If you have a rambutan joke or analogy or whatever that might be a fit ending, please leave a comment.
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