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The Rambutan is a tropical tree, native to Southeast Asia, which occurs mainly in hot climates and offers an exotic fruit of the same name.
It is among the most exotic fruits in the world, and experts call it a "superfruit" because of the great benefits it offers.
It is small, oval in shape and very sweet, with a certain resemblance to the pulp of the grape. It has a fresh, juicy and slightly acid taste. Its external appearance is formed by a thin layer around the pulp, surrounded by "thorns" or "hairs" harmless to the touch. Its color is red on the outside, white on the inside and contains a poisonous seed inside the pulp.
The fruit of this tree occurs in clusters of 10 to 20. Its tree is perennial, and can reach a height of 10 to 25 meters. There are 3 types of trees. Those that bear fruit (female), those that do not produce fruit (male), and hermaphrodites.
The tree must be in a place where there is frequent rainfall for efficient cultivation.
How do you eat Rambutan?
Therambutans They are fruits that can be purchased throughout the year. It is convenient to discard those that have mold or are damaged.
To know their state of maturity, we can differentiate them by color. Since at first they are green, and later, as they mature, they turn red, yellow or orange.
To eat this fruit, first of all we have to extract the outer part of therambutan, that is, the part with “hairs”. To do this, we can take a knife and cut the peel in half without going through the pulp. Another option would be with your nails or teeth.
Next, we open the rind in half and press lightly with our fingers so that the edible pulp comes to the surface.
It is important to bear in mind that within the edible pulp of the fruit there is a poisonous seed that we have to expel if we consume it with the fruit. Sometimes the seed is attached to the fruit, while other times it comes off easily.
Its flavor resembles that of a peeled grape. It is very pleasant in the mouth, soft and sweet.
Nutritional properties of rambutan
|Nutritional information per 100 GR.|
|VITAMIN B3||1.4 mg.|
|VITAMIN C||4.9 mg.|
Rambutan and health
- Rambutan is made up of gallic acid and a number of antioxidants, which help fight cancer-causing cells and prevent premature aging. Both the pulp, the skin and the seeds.
- Fight kidney waste thanks to the phosphorus it contains and strengthens the immune system due to its vitamin C content.
- Thanks to calcium, iron and phosphorus, rambutan is perfect for strengthening bones.
- Helps increase energy thanks to its level of carbohydrates, proteins and water. Athletes use it for this reason.
- Dysentery is treated with the skin of the rambutan and diabetes pains are relieved with the seed of this fruit.
- It produces red and white blood cells from copper and manganese.
- Due to its iron content, rambutan helps transport oxygen from the lungs to the tissues.
Curiosities of Rambutan
- Improves the condition of the skin and reduces body fat
- In Central America it is known as Chinese mamón
- An adult tree can produce up to 400 kilos of fruit per year
- For export, rambutan must weigh a minimum of 30 grams and a sweetness of 18% on the Brix scale.
- It belongs to the same family as the Litchi, and is sometimes referred to as "Hairy Litchi."