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Tropical fruits: Rambutan

Updated on December 21, 2014

Rambutan Fruit

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Rambutan is kind of fruit that comes from tropical region. It has a sweet and juicy taste, but some are sour.

Rambutan is kind of fruit which derived from tropical regions. Rambutan comes from the word "rambut" which is the origin of the word of the Malay language. Rambutan in English means "hairy", it's because rambutan has skin that shaped like hair. As botanical varieties, Rambutan in Latin is called Nephelium lappaceum and is including in the family of Sapindaceae. Rambutan is easily found in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Rambutan also has a different name in some countries, such as rambutan in Thailand called "Ngoh", while in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama is called "mammon chino".


How to peeled rambutan using your nails

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Characteristics of rambutan fruits besides the skin that is shaped like hair, it has a red skin or red-yellowish when ripe. It has a sweet and juicy taste, but some are sour. There are a few types of rambutan seeds. If you find a certain type of rambutan where the skin of the seed were also being attached on the flesh when you peeled it, you got a good type of rambutan fruit. The skin of the seeds can be eaten along with flesh that has been peeled. Rambutan is easy to peel. You can peel it with your finger nails, especially when your nails are long then you can easily tear the skin with your nails. But if you just cutting your nails and it becomes short, it will be difficult to peel the fruit. Rather that using your short nails, you can use a knife to cut the skin.

Rambutan tree can be planted at home. If you have a yard that seems spacious for planting a tree, you can grow it in your yard because rambutan tree can grow about 10 to 20 feet high. But keep in mind that the rambutan tree is a plant from tropical regions. It’s required a suitable environment just like its original place. Rambutan seedlings can be found and bought easily in Southeast Asia. Rambutan is a seasonal fruit, it’s only bear fruits at certain seasons, rambutan tree usually bears fruits 1-2 times a year.

In addition to direct eaten, rambutan fruits can also be used for various purposes such as for making candles and soap from the oil produced by rambutan. The trunk of the rambutan tree can be utilized; wood from the trunk can also be used for furniture and construction industries. The fruit itself has many health benefits. Both the leaf and the fruits can use as an alternative medicine to cure diseases such as diarrhea or dysentery. The leaf can also be used to cure headaches and fevers by boiling it and the boiled water is used to drink as an alternative healer. As an alternative medicine or herbs, the rambutan leaves and bark are usually dried so it can be stored and prepared as herbal potions.Rambutan is rich in nutrients. Rambutan has nutritional components include: fat, protein, fiber, iron, nitrogen, sodium, Ash, magnesium, zinc, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Vitamins A and C. It says if you eat rambutan about 5 fruits per day, it can reduce the risk of cancer. Rambutan is also known to be very effective in lowering blood pressure.


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting information on a fruit that we don't find here. Thanks.

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