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It's the rambutan, a tropical shelled fruit that is similar to lychees and longan fruits. You can get all three in Chinatown, although this past year lychees seemed to be on the verge of a crossover breakthrough to "regular" fruit stands. All three have shells that you can split with a thumbnail and a sweet white fruit inside.
They're great to pack along on a trip, since they don't bruise, don't require washing, and are very refreshing.
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To me, rambutans have the best flavor of the three.
And when you're done snacking on the fruit, you're left with the second enjoyable feature: the shell is suitable for art projects. Or, for the more mean-spirited among us, for freaking out others. A discarded shell will confuse and even terrify: alien invasion? Tarantula casings? Nothing good, for sure.