Papaya specialist HLB Specialties, based in Pompano Beach, FL, has started importing rambutan fruit from Guatemala. The first shipment arrived the last week of June and is being sampled in the Florida stores of a major national retailer.
Rambutan is a tropical fruit from Southeast Asia and Central America and is similar to the lychee, longan and mamoncillo. The flavor is sweet and the texture is juicy. Unlike the mamoncillo, there are no fibers and the fruit has more pulp.