Saturday, April 14, 2007

Rambutan Results

A week ago I posted about my Freeze Dried Rambutan from Trader Joe's. I've finally gotten around to a taste test.

They look interesting at least

The results are disappointing to say the least. Trader Joe's, I'm sorry but Freeze Dried Rambutan are a BAD idea.
They are nothing like the actual fruit. They lack flavor and the wonderful texture of the original fruit (which I expected but in a MUCH worse way). I'm trying to figure out what I'll do with the rest of the bag. Maybe I'll find a creative way to dress them up and make them decent. Until that idea comes to me, they'll be sitting in my pantry.



Tamara said...

I had seen your original post and ALMOST bought these today at TJ. I was so glad I didn't when I got home and read your update.

BTW, TJ has a satisfaction guarantee. You can just take them back and tell them you did not like them and they will give you your money back.

Anonymous said...

these are great! no way!

Anonymous said...

I'm with that last commenteer - they really are great! I've never tried the actual fruit, so - for me it's just the freeze dried stuff - and mmm, mmmm, mmmm.

pinknest said...

oh, what a disappointment! i was just at trader joe's the other day and was wondering. maybe i'll try them anyway.

KleoPatra said...


Lola said...

I just tried some of these. Having never tried the actual fruit, I don't know what I'm missing, but I thought the freeze dried version was... interesting. The package described it as a complex flavor, and they were right. It's a little sweet, a little sour, and a little... bacon? Good to try, but I probably don't need to buy a second bag. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

Sheila said...

I grew up in the far east and have had the original fruit many times. I was surprised to see the freeze dried version at Tjs and bought them to try it out! I agree that they don't taste like the original fruit but having that expectation is a little pointless... these are freeze dried!!! ...hello!
I loved the taste of them though. Sweet and sour like I remember and crunchy to boot. Delish! I'd get them again for sure!

Wolfus said...

its an acquired taste. those of us who have acquired it are addicted.

send your bag to me. tj's will just throw it away.

:P no one likes them where i live so i can buy up to 10 baqs at a time.

No! You can't have them! They're MINE!