Sunday, June 28, 2009
The rembutan fresh
The green rambutan, not ripe
The rambutan tree in the orchard,in front of the durian tree. Photo was taken at Bukit Genting , Balik Pulau.
The rambutan tree in front of the garden of a Malay village house on the way to Pulau Betong, BalikPulau.
The rambutans bought from the market place
The yellow(on the stage of becoming red, not the yellow species) and red rambutans
Rambutan or Nephelium lappaceum, is another type of tropical fruits popular in Malaysia, Thailand , Indonesia, and other parts of South East Asia. Rambutan is literally means hairy in Malay language. The tree is small, the fruits are round to oval shape, hairy, it is green color and turning, yellow and finally red when ripe. However there is one species with yellow color when ripe. The fruits flesh is white in color, translucent, and with sweet taste. It is the cousin of Lychee and Logan. Recently, Australia and Hawaii also produced rambutans.
Like durian, rambutans are sold by the fruits stalls in market, road side stalls, and near the orchard. It is sold together with other tropical fruits, durian and mangosteen.
There is another type of rambutan, which is the orang asli rambutan, the hair and skin is thicker. It was originally found in the jungle, but recently you can found it in the market.