JR and I ventured out today to explore a new farmers' market - the Saturday market in San Mateo. It was only a short drive and probably five times the size of our neighborhood's Sunday morning market. Which meant a lot more variety (and also, we noticed, much more competitive pricing!). Including the treasures pictured above.
Here's what you see:
1. Lychee - Native to China and the Philippines. It's rich in vitamins B, C, magnesium, potassium and bioflavonoids. According to one source, it "enhances the feeling of well being". I've seen lychee popping up as one of the supposed new superfoods, but this was the first time I'd seen one in person or consumed one. It was very tasty - the texture of the fruit (which is hidden inside the dimpled shell and wrapped around a small pit) is the texture of a grape and a unique light, sweet taste.
2. Rambutan - Native to Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In Indonesian, rambutan means "hairy", which certainly seems fitting for this strange looking fruit. It's a relative of the lychee and is high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The fruit is a similar texture to lychee, but the taste not quite so good. JR gave it a thumbs down. I thought it was ok - but not something I'd likely buy again. Still, it was fun to see what hid beneath the hairy spikes of the shell.