When ripe, the most common variety of rambutan will look bright red with green spines or hairs. Precision technique to eat rambutan Locate a natural fissure or seam in the skin of the rambutan, and tear the skin apart from the seam. I’m giving up . no black hairs. google_ad_height = 600; Place a sharp paring knife along the middle of the fruit, as though cutting it in half. Unfortunately these beneficial compounds are intertwined with toxins, so can’t view them as dietary source. Indeed, without the soft spines on the rind, the rambutan would resemble the lychee (or litchee) which is in the same botanical family.