Fruit – Vegetable – Tropical Fruits
The plant comes from the warm and damp tropical regions of India, South-East Asia and Malaysia. There they grow in gardens and plantations, like apple trees do here.
The 20 m high evergreen trees carry “indehiscent fruits” like nuts, which are related to lychees and longans (Dimocarpus longan). They develop from the blossom-panicles and grow in bunches on long peduncles, which are covered completely in hair and their name makes a reference to this (Malay rambut — hairy).
Today, besides in their native country, they are also are cultivated in tropical Africa, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Australia. They can be harvested twice a year: from June to October and from December to February.
All the year round by aerial cargo from Sri Lanka and Thailand.
They may be eaten raw and used in sweet salads as well as warmed up in Chinese dishes or marinated in punches.
Ripe fruits can be stored for about 2 days in a chilled space. Rambutans are harvested when they are almost fully ripened and continue to mature while they are transported and sold.