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Dec 27, 2005 02:12 PM

Fresh rambutan anywhere?

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Has anyone seen fresh rambutans for sale this week anywhere in the east bay or SF? In particular are they available at the 99 ranch market in Albany or anywhere else? And if so how much $$?

Please be as specific as possible. I want to get them for my wife for her birthday. It is one of her favorite foods and she is otherwise very hard to buy presents for. A friend of mine who was in Hawaii said he could not bring them back due to quarantine.

Thanks very much.

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  1. I think there would be thousands of Bay Area people who are from southeast Asia who would love to enjoy fresh rambutan (among other many tropical fruits) which are simply not available in California due to agricultural protection laws.

      1. re: try this

        Thanks, I have tried calling all of these places but none of them seem to have fresh rambutan right now. My friend who was in Hawaii was visiting his dad, who has a rambutan orchard and he assured me they were in season. They just can't ship them here. Doh! If anyone hears anything please post!


      2. I have seen them in the summer @ Dai Thanh Supermarket 420 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 287-3744. Though I'm not sure that rambutans are in season.

        1. Doug - if your wife is from South-east Asia, she is probably won't be too happy with the variety of rambutans that are imported into the US (mostly from Honduras I think). They are just not the same. Of course it is a matter of personal taste. Rambutans come in all sorts of taste, texture & colors in Malaysia and surrounding countries. I prefer the Thai variety, really sweet, firm, cling-free, slightly oval in shape, bright red in color and with long hairs. Unfortunately, we don't know the names of all the varieties. Typically, we would just taste before buying. I know rambutans are grown in Florida but have no idea what variety, ditto for Hawaii. Rambutan season in SEA starts around May and goes for about 3-4 months. You can get them off season but they are not as good in my opinion.

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          1. re: Mary

            We get the Thai ones (at least ones that match your description exactly) in SoCal but haven't seen anything like it around here.

            BTW...are you sure it's rambutan season? I thought it only lasted thru early fall

          2. Has anyone seen rambutans yet anywhere in SF Bay Area? I saw posting in Florida board they have one from Honduras, just wonder if they made it here. Thanks.