Fresh Rambutan

Rambutan fruits are round or ellipsoid with a leathery skin densely covered in soft spines up to 2 cm long. The fruits are yellow to crimson and grow up to 7 by 5 cm in size. The white juicy flesh encloses an oval seed. The seeds are bitter and narcotic.

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Rambutan is a tropical fruit belonging to the family Sapindaceae. The word rambutan is derived from the Malay word rambut which means “hair”, a reference to the numerous hairy protuberances of the fruit. The fruit is often red but sometimes yellow. When peeled open, it reveals a sweet, white flesh clinging to a woody seed.

Rambutan trees are evergreen with a roundish-bushy appearance, growing to a maximum height of 30 m. Its branches are low and widespread, while its bark is smooth and greyish-brown. The leaves are simple pinnate compound, 15 to 40 cm long, and arranged alternately. Leaflets are elliptical and blunt, and up to eight leaflets are arranged in pairs. Flowers are greenish-white, small sized and occur in large bunches. The flowers have no petals, are mildly fragrant and are either completely male or bisexual. The male flowers occur on different trees. Each flower holds six to eight stamens, and its superior ovary has one to two lobes with a single style. Flowering occurs twice a year.

Rambutan fruits are round or ellipsoid with a leathery skin densely covered in soft spines up to 2 cm long. The fruits are yellow to crimson and grow up to 7 by 5 cm in size. The white juicy flesh encloses an oval seed. The seeds are bitter and narcotic.

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