Rambutan Fruit – Benefits, Side Effects and Where to Buy
Rambutan is a South East Asian delicacy enjoyed and exported to many parts of the world. It is a fruit and exists in the forms of clusters.
Become one of Summer’s trendiest fruits, it is in high demand in countries of Thailand, US and Canada. Alone in Thailand, the demand of Rambutan fruit is growing exponentially and has increased 30 – 40% since last year.
Rambutan and Durian are popular exports of Malaysia.
Shape and Texture
In the Malay language, the word Rambutan means hair.
It has a reddish outer covering and looks like a sea urchin. You can also resemble it to lychee fruit. Having a tropical nature, the fruit is home towards South East Asia. You can also find this fruit growing in the areas of Honduras, Mexico and Hawaii.
On tree typically holds clusters of 10 – 20 fruits. The outer skin is hard and has soft spikes. Although there are spikes, yet they appear fun and harmless when you put your hands on them.
When you remove the outer skin, the inner fruit is sweet and delicate. The inner fruit is of white color and is similar to the taste of lychee or ripened red grapes. The flesh is to be eaten raw but you need to remove the central seed and pit from inside.
Cutting a Rambutan
A big pit exists in the middle of Rambutan fruit and it needs to be removed. Remove the hard covering and slice the fruit longitudinally. Upon cutting, remove the inner hard seedy pit and eat rambutan.
Used as a tropical salad, fruit coverings and a plain snack, everyone loves Rambutan. The only catch is that Rambutans can only exist 1 – 2 days at room temperature. To preserve them for a longer period of time, you need to refrigerate them in a plastic bag.
Nutrients in Rambutan
Rambutans are extremely nutritious and healthy. The best part is that they are part of a low-calorie diet i.e. if you want to eat fruit without gaining calories, try eating Rambutans for a change!
Per 100g servings, Rambutan offers only 58 calories. The fruit is filled with Vitamin C and supplies a good source of iron and phosphorous. Offering three grams of fiber and one gram of protein (per serving), Rambutan is a natural fat and cholesterol free food.
Let’s talk about the availability of Rambutan in Malaysia. It is available from February through September, with peak periods between May and August.
Anak Sekolah Rambutan
It is a variant of Rambutan fruit. It is the highest in demand Rambutan in local communities, due to its delicious taste. In fact, Anak Sekolah Rambutan is more delicious as compared to the normal Rambutan because its aril is thick, firm, juicy and sweet.
Anak Sekolah Rambutan (Rambutan schoolchildren) gets its name because of its fibrous outer hairs like thorns and their presence in the form of clusters. Having reddish and yellowish textures, Anak Sekolah Rambutan tastes very sweet.
However, it is advised not to eat Anak Sekolah Rambutan in large quantities as you may end up getting a cough.
To plant Anak Sekolah Rambutan, dig a hole and place cow dung. Next, plant the main child into the ground, without disturbing the main root. You need to fertilize the soil after, every two weeks.
In growing up the plant, you need to compress the soil by flushing enough water.