Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Mysterious Tropical Fruits revealed

Mysterious Tropical Fruits revealed

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Just in case anyone was wondering, "what's a rambutan", wonder no more...

I have pictures of some of those exotic sounding fruits that we encounter when submitting comments.  So here for your enjoyment are some tropical delicacies:

On the right you see papayas in the back row, and mangos and starfruits in the boxes up front.  Most people are familiar with papayas and mangos.  Starfruit are a little exotic and don't ship well, so they might be harder to find even in a large market.  They are also called carambola in other parts of the world, and they grow well on Maui.

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These are cherimoya fruits, which are the size of large avocados.  The skins are thin and inside the flesh is creamy white and custardy flavored with a hint of pear.  There are a few large black seeds which are easy to remove.  They are really sweet and delicate, and delicious.  These grow up in Kula Maui, where the climate is a little cooler.  I use a spoon to eat one, and they are a real treat.  They are sometimes known as Custard Apple.




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Here's the rambutans... they are a lot like lychee, except they have this extreme appearance with rubbery little spikes all over.  Inside they are white and juicy, almost like green grapes, with one large pit in the middle.  You just peel off the outer skin which is fairly sturdy and pop the whole thing into your mouth, then spit out the pit.  Very juicy and they can be messy.  Try not to get any on your clothes.  These have shown up lately in our local markets, as more people have begun cultivating them.  I think they originate in Asia, like the lychee.  You can actually buy them at our local Costco.

These pictures were taken at Mana Foods in Paia Maui.  By the way, RAMBUTAN is also a store in Paia.

I hope this helps to enlighten some of you about our tropical fruits that grow in Hawaii.

Aloha from The Hunter - Georgina M. Hunter R(S)

Comment balloon 24 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • December 27 2007 02:36AM


Hilarious!  I have had some of the weirdest names to re-type in.


Jess Rankin

Posted by Jess Rankin (Pickering Group) over 11 years ago
Georgina, great fruit. Last year when I went to the Big Island, I tried the lychee and was pleasantly surprised. Very refreshing little fruit. So, I made sure to check out the Farmer's Market and get myself some of all the delicious fruits to snack on.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 11 years ago
Interesting! I have never heard of this fruit. Don't think that I'll find it in the local supermarket andy time soon! LOL  Thanks for the information. I can tell all my friends that I heard about it first here on AR!  8-)
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago
My local store has everything in your first picture, but the others are new to me!  Thanks, those were beautiful!
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) over 11 years ago
Rumbutans look vicious!  They almost look like those little burrs that stick to your clothes if you live up north!
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 11 years ago
Georgina, I was always an apple and orange woman until I met my mother-in-law.  I think I can surprise her with those rambutans, thanks.
Posted by Peggy K., Illinois Virtual Tour Provider and Real Estate Photographer (Grand Property Virtual Tours) over 11 years ago
My wife feeds me and I eat I never know what I will be treated to these look like something she might present. They sound delicious. Thanks for the post.
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago
Georgina, we get all of these fruits at our local supermarket here in Virginia.  We especially love rambutan, lychee and cherimoyas.  My wife spent part of her childhood in Mexico and Singapore and was thus very familiar with tropical fruits and introduced them to me years ago.  Additionally, every time we travel we always try all the native fruits.  We've had some amazing fruits in Thailand, Mexico, and the Caribbean -- some that you really can't find elsewhere.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 11 years ago
I keep telling people most of the words are actual fruits and items but no one seems to believe me, Florida has pretty much all of those fruits as well. Thanks for adding pictures :)
Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) over 11 years ago
Thank you for the pictures.
Posted by Cathy Glass, Realtor - Knoxville, Tennessee (Realty Executives Associates) over 11 years ago
It sound like eating rambutans is for the adventurous. I take it they are not something you'd serve at a formal dinner.
Posted by Rosario Lewis, GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY (DDR Realty) over 11 years ago
Makes me want to take a trip. Very nice pictures.
Posted by Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies (Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania) over 11 years ago
Thanks for the post . I was amazed that I knew and had tasted them all except the last one . The rambutons. Some of the others are hard to get here and tough to know when to eat
Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 11 years ago


A few years back my wife and I were in Hawaii on a cruise and we enjoyed alot of the these unique tastes.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 11 years ago

Jess - I hear you, some just don't make sense

Gena - you are having fun eating your way around the island aren't you?

Michael - you might have a lot of "firsts" here on AR

Sarah - Yup we have some strange edible things here, these are just the fresh fruits.

Chris - right, they do look a lot like burdocks, but the spikes are soft and you can pick them up and peel them with your bare hands.

Peggy - they are kind of a surprise to me too, they just showed up a few years ago here

Terry - very yummy and exotic, I hope you get to try them one day

Brian - so you've probably already had durian?

Heather - I'm glad you understand!

Cathy - you're very welcome, I wish I had some more

Rosario - lol - that's for sure, sort of like a pomegranate

Kevin - take a trip!

Charlie - you had better take a trip too

Dan - glad you were able to take a Hawaii cruise

Thanks for all your comments!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
This is awesome! I really thought AR was just making up words. Well color me pleasantly surprised =)
Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 11 years ago
Lisa - it's true, they're real.  I'm glad I could enlighten you.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
Georgina - I've been reading some of your old posts... you have some of the best localism posts I've seen.  My husband was born in Honolulu when his dad was stationed there in the Navy.  Recently he bought a Papaya, I knew it was his favorite fruit but I didn't know how to pick one, and it was awesome...  I love them too...  Great Post.
Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 11 years ago
Debbie - Thanks for all your comments!  I hope you'll get to visit the islands with your husband and eat some fresh grown Maui fruits.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
Georgina - what a fun post, and a yummy presentation of some incredible tropical fruits. Now when I'm typing in those words, I'll have some of the pictures to go with them. Thanks! (my word this time is okra!)
Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago
Karen - glad I could help you out!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
Georgina- I just wanted to let you know, I posted a blog yesterday, about the Things to Do/Places to Visit group and I gave you a mention and a link back to this post. =)
Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 11 years ago
Rambutans - like lychee? I love lychee! I have never heard of rambutans before, but used to have a lychee tree in my yard, next to the star fruit (the star fruit was over 30 ft tall)!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

BJ and B - I wish I had a lychee tree!  I love them too.  But we have 2 starfuits.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago

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