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What Is A Rambutan???

Updated on April 11, 2009

Hook Up Your Taste Buds With This Tropical Delight

On the 6th episode of Ugly Betty (aired on Oct 29, 2008), they mention a tropical fruit which they fictitiously named "tico fruit". The fruit that Adriana Lima supposedly love so much is really called rambutan.

A rambutan is an exotic fruit that is less known than its relative, the lychee. It is fairly sweet with a mild tangy taste. Well, really, you gotta try it to really appreciate it. It's just undescribably good!

The Rambutan

From Wikipedia:

"The fruit is a round to oval drupe 3-6 cm (rarely to 8 cm) long and 3-4 cm broad, borne in a loose pendant cluster of 10-20 together. The leathery skin is reddish (rarely orange or yellow), and covered with fleshy pliable spines, hence the name rambutan, derived from the Malay word rambut which means hairs. The fruit flesh is translucent, whitish or very pale pink, with a sweet, mildly acidic flavour."

Rambutan is a tropical fruit that deserves to be well known. It is a close relative of lychee and it is just as sweet and delicious. Rambutan is fairly common in places like Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Borneo, and other countries of this region.

It is in season in the months of July and August. These are the best times to try this tropical treat! When buying in bulk, make sure that they are still attached to the branch (introduction picture) as it helps preserve their wonderful taste and keeps the fruit fresher longer.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a tropical place where beautiful sceneries fill my horizon and delicious tropical fruits endulge my taste buds. One of my cherished childhood memories was with my grandmother in the public market where fresh fruits and vegetables were sold. My grandmother would take me every weekend to do some shopping and I'd tag along for the sweet rewards.

One of my favorite tropical fruits is rambutan. It's unique and it's sweet and juicy, like many fruits I love. I personally love this fruit so much it is in my top 3 favorite fruits. My first one is sweet mangoes, second is sweet grapes, third is rambutan!

Here is a page dedicated to this delicious fruit. Please sign the guestbook and vote on the poll!

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Where To Buy Rambutan?

So where can you get this delicious fruit?

1. If you're in Asia (or anywhere a rambutan can possibly and legally grow), you can find them in the public market. But remember, they are only in season during the months of July and August.

2. If you're not anywhere near Asia, try Asian markets. Sometimes your local grocery store might have them too. Call ahead and ask if they have rambutan in stock. It might also help to know the other names of this fruit, just in case they have no idea what you're talking about.

According to this website:

English: rambutan

Thai: ngoh, phruan

Malaysian Aborigine: nert, gente

Indonesia and Malaysia: rambutan

Cambodia: saaw maaw

Vietnam: chom chom, vai tieu

Chinese (Cantonese): hooun mo daon; (putonghua): shau tsz

3. If you're nowhere near an Asian market, try the internet. Read up!

You can read up all about it so you know where your rambutan is coming from and if it's legal to be shipped here. Some agricultural laws apply.

4. If you have relatives or friends who are nice enough to ship them to you, take advantage of it. Again, check if there are any laws against this. Laws varies state by state.

Rambutan On The Web

Here are links that can help you on anything rambutan!

And if you have time, please check out my other lenses about Baguio City and DarkRO! Thanks mucho!

Rambutan on Youtube

One of the videos below teaches you how to open a rambutan. You can learn more about rambutans on the other videos!

Do You Know What A Rambutan Is?

Did you stumble upon this page by accident? Did you search for it? Did you know what a rambutan is before? Do I ask too many questions?

Before you stumbled upon this page, were you already familiar with this sweet tropical treat?

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      6 years ago

      take care how much you eat because it can give you sore throat... but that's probably only me

    • lychic profile image


      7 years ago

      I saw this hairy creature at the Chinese supermarket here in San Francisco.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Being that I'm a ramkitten, I just had to see what a rambutan is. I learned me somethin' new tonight. Interesting and well done lens.

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      9 years ago

      Rambutan is one of my favs! it's seasonal fruit in malaysia so expect to eat fresh rambutans only when it's the season, like 3-4 times a year. never close to a berry tho..

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      9 years ago

      In Colombia it is called the mamoncillos and in Panama the mamones.

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      10 years ago

      This is the best fruit in the world !!! You can find it fresh in Asia, if you are in the USA, please do not try the can ones .... never close to the fresh. My American born 9 year old son is crazy about this fruit. Peel the skin, chill it and have it during summer. I wish we can grow this tree over here, but the winter will kill it. You have to try it, if you ever come across it, make sure it is fresh. I love you Rambutan (which means hairy in Malay)

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      10 years ago

      I have never heard of this before either! Very informative and great lens:) 5* and fan member!

    • Family-Legacy-Mom profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow! I've never heard of rambutan before. How interesting!


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