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Rambutan

Appearance- Rambutan fruit is naturally red in color but they sometimes seem like yellow or orange. 'Rambut' is a malay word which means “hair”, hence it got its name because of the Thorn like appearance.The shape of Rambutan fruit is round or oval and it is upto three to six to four cm in dimension. Rambutan is borne in clusters.Its leather like skin has flexible thorns. It has brownish seed with two to three cm in size and is basally scarred. It is soft and crusty.

In Detail

Even though the raw seeds are poisonous, they may be eaten after cooking. Complete ripe fruits are mostly ugly brown in colour. The Rambutan tree grows upto 10 to 20 m in height. Its alternate leaves are 10 to 30 cm in length and have three to eleven leaflets, each and with an entire margin have a special structure. Small Flowers with leaf petal which are about 2 1/2 to 5 mm in size are in disk-shape and they have bloomed cluster wise.

Taste-A good rambutan has a firm and juicy flesh. It has a sweat taste, and it is somewhat similar taste of lychee fruit .The tree will actually look like a enlarged Chirstmas tree.A rambutan is best within mid-season somewhere around June-August as they seem to be most sweet, and large.. It is more sweet than sour. When it gets ripened the flesh separates easily from the seed. But when it is not quite ripe, the flesh sticks to the rambutan seed and the taste is a little sour overall, still not a bad taste though.

Rambutan Nutrition Information

Nutritional Value:
It is a good source of vitamin C and calcium, rambutan fruit provides fairly a good amount of niacin, iron, protein and fiber. A recent study found out that eating nine to ten fruits and vegetables of rambutan family per day, were effective in lowering blood pressure

Nutritive Value of Rambutan

Fruit comparison tables. Overview of vitamin and mineral content including nutrition charts of the Rambutan fruits.
 

Nutritive value per 100 g of Rambutan
Principle Nutritive value
Protein 1.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Thiamin 0.01mg
Vitamin C 7.4 mg
Sodium 16.5 mg
Potassium 63.0 mg
Calcium 33.0 mg
Vitamin A 4.5 IU
Iron 0.5 mg


Health benefits of Rambutan

Rambutan fruit contains carbohydrate, protein, fat, phosphorus, iron, calcium and vitamin C. Coat tannin of fruit and Leaves contain saponin. The seeds always contain fat and polifenol. Skin and stem contains tannin, saponin, flavonida, pectic substances, and iron.. Rambutans roots,, bark, and leaves have various uses in the production of dyes and drugs. Part of this plant can be used as a medicinal fruit and have benefits for health such as
 

  • Reduce Body Fat

  • Make skin softer

  • Hair care

  • Treat dysentery

  • Treat diabetes
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