How to Select
At the store, you’ll find most rambutan in plastic wrapped in bunches so it’s hard to pick and choose them individually. Look for rambutan that has a deep, red colour with bright green filaments. Those that are slightly yellowed or have browned tenrils may still be good to eat, but the discoloration indicates that they’ve been off the tree for a longer period.
Avoid rambutan fruits that have brown soft spots, mould, or are completely brown.
How to Store
Rambutan is best enjoyed as soon as possible after purchase. Alternatively, store it in the original packaging or in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to five days.
How to Freeze
You can freeze rambutans whole to enjoy at a later date. Freezing them whole means that the rind protects the fruit in the frozen state. Flash freeze by spreading whole fruits onto a baking sheet in the freezer, then transfer to an airtight bag or container once frozen. Thaw before enjoying and peel and eat as you would normally.