Lichas Are Rambutan

Lichas Are Rambutan

A few days ago Susanita was asking herself about rambutan and loquats tropical fruits.

Rambutan, or licha as it is known in Guatemala, is a red, plum-sized tropical fruit with soft spines and a slightly acidic taste. Lichas are now a staple of the mercados in Guatemala. Lichas (rambutan) are new comers and that’s why some Guatemalans living abroad might not be familiar with them.

Loquats, on the other hand, has been a staple of the Guatemalan fruit repertoire for as long as I can remember. “What the hell are you talking about?” Guatemalans maybe asking just about now. That’s right, loquats are nisperos or misperos, depends who you ask. As always, follow the white rabbit to see nisperos and read the background information.

Okay, I have solved the mysteries of rambutan and loquats tropical fruits. Now, which one do you prefer?

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  • I love all the bright colors in this photo. Interesting fruit!

  • Lovely portrait of the fruit sales woman! I’ve never tried THAT fruit before – looks interesting!

  • Eric

    En este momento, nisperos son mis favoritos, solamente porque nunca he probado lichas. They look good, though ! Beautiful color photo!

  • I have never tried this fruit. I did see it in Guate and was wondering what they were, now i know. Thanks

  • Sonia

    For me, nisperos are yummier, but lichas look way cooler. I think the slimy texture of the lichas puts me off.

    Also, I never knew that nisperos were the same as loquats! Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Lichas are originally from Asia where I first discovered them… yum!

  • Luis Samayoa

    I’ve been eating lichas here in California for a while now. Chinese restaurants serve them and I was surprised to see them last month in La Antigua Guatemala Market. They are delicious. The first time I tried them were served to me without the skin, so I thought they were grapes in disguise.

  • Erick

    I’ve never eaten lichas (funny name) before, but I’m assuming that the skin/peel is not edible, is this correct? If it is edible, it must have a pretty funky texture.

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