DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the proper way to eat rambutan?
GENTLE READER: With the attitude that beauty is not important, and it is what is inside that counts.
You will need this even to approach this scary-looking fruit that appears to be covered with fleshy crimson or yellow hair.
But you may take courage from the fact that you will be armed with a knife. It should be used to cut the rambutan as far as, but not through, the seed, and skin it, eating the flesh by hand, being careful not to ingest any papery skin from the seed that should remain attached.
There are those who advise leaving the skin on the plate as decoration. Miss Manners is not among them.