The skin is soft, as is the hair. You can peel it with your fingers very easily. Inside is the flesh of the fruit itself, which is a translucent white. It looks very much like a large longan. In fact, there is a variety of ramubtans in Vietnam called “chom chom nhan” which literally translates as longan rambutans. Here’s what it looks like inside:
The fruit itself is sweet but not overly juicy. There’s a big single seed inside, the out layer of which will oftentimes stick to the flesh of the fruit as you’re eating it. If you’ve never had rambutans before, I suggest heading down to your local Asian supermarket and see if they have any fresh ones available. Some of them in the bigger Asian communities do. The canned variety in light sugary syrup does not do the fruit justice.