Rambutan Fruit in Indonesia


Nephelium lappacium

Rambutan FruitA translucent white fleshy fruit encased in a shell that sports a thick head of curly red hair (rambut is the Indonesian word for hair). The flavor and appearance of the flesh is similar to lichee. Rambutan Fruit can be easily opened with the fingers and the flesh eaten from around its single seed. It makes a nice addition to a rujak.

The rambutan fruit (pronounced /ræmˈbuːtən/, Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae, and the fruit of this tree. It is native to Indonesia and Southeast Asia, although its precise natural distribution is unknown. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the Lychee, Longan, and Mamoncillo. It is believed to be native to the Malay Archipelago. Rambutan fruit in Indonesian, Filipino and Malay literally means hairy caused by the 'hair' that covers this fruit. In Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, it is known as mamón chino. There is a second species regularly for sale at Malay markets which is known as "wild" rambutan. It is a little smaller than the usual red variety and is colored yellow.

Rambutan Fruit
Rambutan Fruit

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