Friday, October 31, 2008

Rambutan

It's Rambutan season again and the tree at my backyard started to bear the fruit few weeks ago. Rambutan in Indonesian or Malay means hairy or in this context, hairy fruit caused by the "hair" which covers this fruit

The young unripe rambutan fruit is green in colour. It's a presage of what to be expected in about 2 weeks time.

A mixture of ripe and unripe rambutan

The leathery skin is reddish when ripe

There is a second species which is known as "wild" rambutan, a little smaller than the usual red variety and is coloured yellow.

It's quite easy to peel of the skin and can be easily done by using the fingers. The flesh is translucent, whitish with a sweet , mildly acidic flavour.

The seed (after the flesh had been eaten) is glossy brown with a white basal scar

12 comments:

Asian Traveler said...

Oh, we also have the reddish "Rambutan" here in the Philippines. In fact, my brother-in-law is one of the plantation owners / suppliers of Rambutan. But sad to say, I'm not really fond of this fruit.

I haven't seen a wild yellow Rambutan. Do they have the same taste?

Borneo Falcon said...

The yellow and red rambutan taste almost the same. Some might find the yellow rambutan had a thicker flesh. I still find the red rambutan sweeter

fauzan said...

ha..ha..
in back yard i have one rambutan tree...
eating rambutan make me happy
ha..ha..

RiP666 said...

wow...i love this one...

Kikey Loo said...

i can't find any rambutan in US.. :(

reanaclaire said...

yes, i still prefer the big red rambutan.. very sweet and nice..

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j|g said...

yeah RAMBUTANS! i've been looking forward to them. the yellow type, the one that crossed-breed (if i m correct)has think fresh is my fav.

REDLAN said...

I love rambutan too. Great you have it in your backyard

chubskulit said...

Wow, its been 5 years since i last ate that fruit.. I love it!

misty said...

I never seen a yellow yet...If the meat is thick, much better i believe..

confessions of a medical student said...

rambutan is like a mistery, you'll never know whether they are sweet or sour until you opened them! =)

eunice said...

I like the taste of rambutans, but I don't like it when the skin stick to the flesh. =P So , hardly eat this fruit in Singapore, unless someone offers it to me for free hehehe

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