Fans of Netflix’s sci-fi drama Another Life may remember the not-so-tasty fruit the crew sampled after landing on a somewhat Earth-like (except for the massive crustacean-esque creatures) planet. As it turns out, the alien fruit is a total IRL treat called rambutan!

So what exactly is rambutun? To start with, it doesn’t come from a distant moon––it’s actual origins are much closer, such as Guatemala and Honduras. You can get the fruit right now at some of your fave retailers, including Trader Joe’s.

If the the sci-fi version of the fruit was less than tasty, the real-world version is super-sweet. Rambutans, which taste like peeled grapes, only have around 10 calories each. But don’t try to eat the spiky skin! Peel your rambutan, toss the skin and pit and eat the lush insides.

HLB Specialties first introduced the fruit to U.S. consumers in 2016, and now it’s back from Aug. 22 through Sep. 14 at select Trader Joe’s locations, as well as Midwest and East Coast Walmart, Whole Foods, Meijer and Freshfield Farms stores.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: HLB Group via Instagram 



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