Mamon Chino season is coming into full swing in Costa Rica. Trucks filled with Mamon Chinos (Rambutan) are parked everywhere selling these tasty fruit snacks.
Native of the Malay Peninsula, this odd hairy looking fruit is extremely popular in Costa Rica. There is in fact a golden variety that seems to have developed in Costa Rica known as the “wild” Rambutan. Mamon Chinos are close related to the Lychee.
Mamon Chinos are a great fruit snack. You can carry the around and then peel them when you want to eat them. The fruit is sweet and sour with a large seed in the middle that you spit out. It is a wonderfully refreshing fruit to eat on hot tropical days.
This has been a great year for seasonal tropical fruits at Iguana Lodge. The Mango harvest in July and August was incredible. We had more pitayahs than ever. The lemons are going off. And it seems like every truck is overflowing with Mamon Chinos.