One of my favorite things about travel is experiencing local foods—especially fruit. That’s one of the (many) reasons I love going to southeast Asia; they have so many tasty, exotic fruits like mangosteens, lychee and rambutans.
I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I walked into my local Trader Joe’s store and found them selling packages of rambutans! And the best part was that they weren’t crazily overpriced, just $4.99 for a dozen. I know that same dozen would cost about $1 in southeast Asia but it’s still a fair deal and a nice treat to have. When I gave one to my wife, she said, “OMG, I feel like I’m in Thailand.” Exactly my point. These rambutans were grown in Guatemala (I didn’t know they even had them there but I’ve only been once) and sweet.
What’s your favorite exotic fruit? Do you have a place you can buy them in North America?
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