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GlobePreneurs Love: Rambutan Fruits (Asia)

The GlobePreneur lifestyle can be very challenging. But we have the opportunity to savor exotic foods around the world. Our GlobePreneurs Love series brings you a ‘taste’ of some of the amazing experiences, fruits and cuisines from different corners of the globe.

I like to travel to Asia to enjoy the tropical fruits, while undertaking business and travels. What are your favorite tropical fruits? One of my favorite fruits is the rambutan (‘Nephelium Lappaceumis’), which is native to many countries in Asia, such as Malaysia and Indonesia. It has also been grown in Australia, the Americas and in places of warm weather.

 

Rambutan season generally occurs twice a year, usually from approximately June to August and December to January. In Vietnam, rambutans cost approximately USD$1.50 – 2.00/kg when in season.

They are also available in Asian markets in the U.S., Australia and other Western countries (for approximately USD$2-5/LB, depending on your location). We can also purchase them as canned fruits, which may be convenient, cost effective when they are not in season, especially in their non-native countries.

The Difference Rambutan, Lychee and Logan Fruits

The rambutan is similar to its ‘close relatives,’ the lychee and the longan fruit, especially with its transparent-whitish flesh and the seed in the middle. While they are similar, the outer cover or shell sets these three fruits apart.

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The rambutan fruit can be easily identified because of its green and red spikes that resemble hair. In fact, the name “Rambutan” comes from the Malay word for “hair.” There are also difference in nutritional values, which will be discussed in later articles.

How to Eat Rambutans

Rambutan fruits are usually eaten raw, sometimes freshly picked from the tree. Simply remove the skin by lightly pinching the fruit until the peel breaks in the middle. Discard the peel and eat around the seed in the middle. You can also use a knife to separate the flesh from the seed.

Rambutans are used to make smoothies, curry, crumbles, salads, cocktails, soup and many more. Some information can be found here and recipes and be found here.

Health Benefits of Rambutans

The rambutan fruit is a conglomeration of vitamins and minerals, all encased in a sweet and juicy little package.

Rambutan fruit benefits include:

  1. High Vitamin C Content – The fruit’s high Vitamin C content helps keep our immune systems healthy.
  2. High Fiber Content – The high fiber content of rambutan aids the digestive system in food metabolism, preventing constipation. It is also low in calories, which helps promote weight loss and restrain sudden hunger pains.
  3. Antiseptic Qualities – Rambutan is famous for its antiseptic properties that help the body fight off infections. The fruit also contains high amounts of antioxidants, which makes it both antimicrobial and anticarcinogenic.
  4. Alleviates Intestinal Parasites – According to traditional Chinese medicine, rambutan can help expel parasites in the gut because of its anti-fungal properties. 
  5. Contains Phosphorus – Rambutan is a good source of phosphorus, which helps in bone formation and the maintenance of your bones and teeth.
  6. Contains Gallic Acid – The rambutan rind contains a high amount of gallic acid, which functions as a free radical scavenger. This compound helps prevent cancer and oxidative damage.
  7. Good Source of Copper – Even though the body needs only a limited amount of it in the system, copper works together with iron in keeping your blood vessels, immune system, bones and the production of red blood cells at peak condition. 
  8. Good Source of Iron– This is useful for the maintenance and the production of red blood cells.

Uses of the Rambutan Fruit and Plant

Different parts of the rambutan tree/plant can be used in lots of ways. Here are some examples:

•Rambutan leaves can be used for basic hair care.

The leaves can be used to treat fever as well.

 

•Rambutan seeds can be used to uplift your skin.

The seeds can also be used to help patients with diabetes – it helps maintain your blood sugar at healthy levels.

What are your favorite fruits from Asia? Are you a rambutan fan?

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23 Comments

  1. jin jin
    September 11, 2017    

    I’m actually a huge fan of this fruit and always seek it out when I go back to Asia to visit family. Glad to see a post dedicated to Rambutan. As much as I eat it, I never knew much about it! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  2. September 11, 2017    

    Interesting… I had never even heard of rambutan before!

  3. robin rue robin rue
    September 12, 2017    

    I have never heard of rambutan before and don’t even know if it’s available around here. I would definitely be interested in trying it though.

  4. September 12, 2017    

    How cool! I’ve never tried this before, but I would. I’m intrigued!

  5. September 12, 2017    

    How neat! I have never heard of rambutan before reading this! It looks very interesting and I’d like to try it. I like that you can use each part for something like the seeds for helping diabetes.

  6. September 12, 2017    

    My husband grew up in Indonesia and he LOVES rambutan! It’s hard for us to find here in New England, but whenever we do we grab them so he can have a taste of home <3

  7. September 12, 2017    

    We live in a rural area and it would be very hard if not impossible to find any of these fruits available. Always nice to try something new and different.

  8. Claudia Krusch Claudia Krusch
    September 12, 2017    

    I have never tried a Rambutan before. I love to try new things. I will have to look for them the next time I go shopping.

  9. Pam Pam
    September 12, 2017    

    I don’t think I have ever actually eaten rambutan, but I have seen it in Asian markets near me. I want to try it after reading this post!

  10. September 12, 2017    

    There are so many things I never heard before, and so is Rambutan fruit here. Gosh the fruit has so many benefits. If ever I’m going to visit Malaysia I’m going to try it for sure Thanks for sharing.

  11. September 12, 2017    

    Thank you for sharing with us!! I never try rambutan before… it is not available is where I live, I would love to try this sometime, it sound delicious!

  12. adriana adriana
    September 13, 2017    

    Wow I have never heard of this! It sounds good though – it amazes me how many fruits and foods there are out there that I just have never heard of haha!

  13. Kim Kim
    September 13, 2017    

    Oh my, I might need to have to try this recipe! This dish looks so yummy!!

  14. Glenda Glenda
    September 13, 2017    

    Wow, I’ve never heard of these fruits before. They look a little bit like pears in a can. Great to hear they are high in vitamin C and high in fiber. 🙂

  15. September 13, 2017    

    I love trying exotic foods and this fruit sounds delicious. I had no idea how many health benefits it boasts, too!

  16. Annemarie LeBlanc Annemarie LeBlanc
    September 13, 2017    

    I think I saw canned rambutan fruit in the Asian section in our local grocery. I know it may not have as much benefits as fresh fruit, but at least I’d know how it tastes. 🙂

  17. September 13, 2017    

    I actually just saw this fruit in the store a few weeks ago. My kids were excited to try it and loved it! I had no idea about all of this, really helpful!

  18. Jaime Nicole Jaime Nicole
    September 13, 2017    

    I have had these! I tried them in Hawaii while visiting and they were really good! I love trying different foods from around the world.

  19. Victoria Heckstall Victoria Heckstall
    September 13, 2017    

    I have a lot of favorite tropical fruit,one of these is Rambutan..Such a lot of healthy benefits and it’s delicious..Love it!

  20. September 13, 2017    

    What a cool post. Learned something very interesting today as I had never heard or tried these. Thanks so much for sharing.

  21. September 13, 2017    

    Wow, these are really interesting fruits! I must admit that I have never seen anything like them since I live in the Midwest of the United States but I would love to try them!

  22. Our Family World Our Family World
    September 15, 2017    

    I have tried these fruits but only the canned ones. I would love to have a chance to try the fresh fruit!

  23. September 18, 2017    

    The rambutan plant seems to have many uses. I have never herd of it however.

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