Malaysians and Filipinos frequent the site and they started a debate whether the fruit is Philippine native or not. The fruits must be handled carefully to avoid bruising and crushing, and kept dry, cool, and well-ventilated to delay spoilage. I love rambutan, and mongusten, and mangos and jackfruit! An almost endless number of varieties are available in the Philippines. 'Seenjonja' and 'Maharlika' flowers were mostly h.f.f. The main characteristics of the 21 named selections are here summarized: 'Queen Zaida'–Dark-red, oblong, medium-size; flesh thick (38.76% of fruit), sweet, juicy; freestone; 60% of fruits kept well for 2 weeks in cold storage. not had it YET!!! It is very rich in sugar, vitamin and mineral contents. There are many varietal technologies which were successfully transferred from neighboring countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam to the Philippines. In Malaya, the rambutan generally fruits twice a year, the first, main crop in June and a lesser one in December. From Indonesia and Malaysia, the fruit of the rambutan tree is related to the lychee but slightly bigger because of the hair. As mentioned it started off as a personal journal and will hopefully continue on like that. Among the many “races” of rambutan in Malaya, … The Oriental fruit fly attacks very ripe fruits. From 1965 to 1967, agronomists at the College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines, studied the growth, flowering habits and yield of the Indonesian cultivars, 'Seematjan', 'Seenjonja', and 'Maharlika'. Other Uses Rambutan trees grow naturally in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Enjoy the Lychee! Marching is very effective onto 5- to 9-month-old seedlings of rambutan or of pulasan (N. mutabile L.) or N. intermedium Radlk., but is a rather cumbersome procedure. However, yield may vary from year to year. Just be careful you don’t leave it out too long! The skin color of the fruit is yellowish green, the fruit hair tends to be short, rare and rough. These cultivars were the “Seematjan”, “Seenjonja” and “Maharlika” which are now grown in commercial scale in many parts of the Philippines. 'Governor Infantada'–Oblong, very large; rind pliable; flesh thick (39.28% of fruit), juicy, sweet and slightly acid; adheres tightly to seed. In 1950, Philippine agriculturists undertook a program of selection and the creation of a Testing Plot at the Provincial Nursery, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. Sun-drying for 8 hours and oven-drying at 86º F (30º C) kills seeds within a week. Meaning, you can eat a lot! But I also stumbled upon a chat room arguing about the rambutan's origin. The fruit, or berry, is oval shaped and contains a single seed. close favorite to Chohm-poo fruit another fave of mine. in the same panicles, and concluded that, though self-pollination is possible, planting of male trees with these cultivars should improve production. Budded trees flower 2 1/2 to 3 years after planting in the field. The fruit are usually sold fresh, used in making jams and jellies, or canned. Lychee, longan, and rambutan are all close relatives of each other, they’re all summer fruit, and if you’ve never tried them, then they all need to be added to your must-try list. It looks like a spiky/hairy lychee fruit, and also tastes like one in the sense that it is a little bit sweet and a little bit sour. Yum, yum. Further introductions were made in 1920 (from Indonesia) and 1930 (from Malaya), but until the 1950's its distribution was rather limited. Nice, nice … :) bet you’re going to stay! Its fatty acids are: palmitic, 2.0%; stearic, 13.8%; arachidic, 34.7%; oleic, 45.3%; and ericosenoic, 4.2%. I bought two kilos for under $0.60. The seeds are sometimes roasted and eaten in the Philippines, although they are reputedly poisonous when raw. Nearly round; rind hard; flesh thick (43.25% of fruit); seed small. This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting Great food from the Philippines. Next few weeks will tell ;). Irrigation is given as needed in dry seasons. Kept well only 1 week at 60º F (15.56º C). Just as it does the fruit inside is at its juiciest and sweetest! 'Santan' (from Arago Farm)–Flesh thick (34.26% of fruit). Recent statistic report revealed that the Philippines has a total area of 5,743.08 hectares planted to rambutan with a volume of … 'Maharlika' (no description available) has yielded 21 lbs/ acre (21 kg/ha) in the Philippines. But again today I saw it for the same price. Weight loss has been reduced by packing in sawdust, or coating with a wax emulsion. Flowers of Rambutan: The flower of the Rambutan flower will be small in size; the flower will be 2.5 – 5 mm, which has apetalous, discoidal and borne with panicles of 15 cm – 30 cm. Ripens mid-to late October. Washed seeds will remain viable in moist sawdust, sphagnum moss or charcoal for 3-4 weeks, and some will even sprout in storage. and mangosteens! The unpeeled rambutan fruit skin is red (like lychee), but the rambutan is also covered in distinct red, spiny hairs. The rambutan fruit, nephelium lappaceum, is an exotic fruit that is highly prized in Southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. A native of Malaysia and the Philippines Rambutan require well drained soil high in organic matter, high rainfall and high temperatures. Varieties Inside this there is a small soft wood like seed that is tasteless and should be spat out. Rambutan . Yield: 330 lbs (150 kg) per tree at 6 years of age. Lots more in my about section. The spiky bits are not at all hard nor prickly. Much favored by Chinese because of its resemblance to the lychee. The skin will start to dry. Flesh clings firmly to the seed. Nor a wild travel party. Thanks for the recommendation, they are always welcome to come have a look. Is it the Java apple? Looks like candy! (Get my ebook for free! It needs good drainage. I change names and don't make personal references as I've seen people take offense in the past. The one’s photographed here are from Davao, where it’s argued the best rambutan comes from in The Philippines. :). Powdery mildew, caused by Oidium sp., may affect the foliage or other parts of the tree. It’s not hard to see why either. Inside a firm white gel like fruit awaits. In Malaya, ‘Rambutan gading’ indicates a yellow type. 'Manahan' (from Arago Farm)–Medium-sized; flesh thick (37.37% of fruit). Medicinal Uses: The fruit (perhaps unripe) is astringent, stomachic; acts as a vermifuge, febrifuge, and is taken to relieve diarrhea and dysentery. In the Philippines, the average production per tree of 21 selections was 264 lbs (120 kg) over a 4-year period, while the general average is only 106 lbs (48 kg). They are canned in sirup on a limited scale. Please take that into account. We had long wanted to have a breadfruit tree on our lot as they are an exceptionally beautiful tree, with big multi-lobe leaves. These 3 varieties are available in nurseries in the Philippines most particularly Rongrein. Storing in sealed polyethylene bags at 40º F (10º C) and 95% relative humidity has preserved the fruits in fresh condition for 12 days. To get free my journals: please enter your email address here, This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting, Subscribe to my free newsletter now for updates. lappaceum L.) is currently emerging as a high demand future fruit crops in world wide. Anyone? 'Magsaysay'–Dark-red to near-black with dark-red spines; oblong, large; rind pliable; flesh thick (42.68% of fruit); juicy, sweet; freestone. If it happens here, then I will have to take the journal/blog off public viewing. After 2 weeks of refrigeration at 60º F (15.56º C) 80% of the fruits were still in good condition. Some fruits are being marketed in Costa Rica. If you have met me en route, please don't take offense if your name is not mentioned in my travel blog/journal. Cleft-, splice-, and side-grafting are not too satisfactory. The one’s photographed here are from Davao, where it’s argued the best rambutan comes from in The Philippines. Burkill says that some rambutans are so sour that monkeys are reluctant to eat them. The rate of germination of 2-day-old seeds is 87% to 95%. Even though the fruit… Harvesting Generally, shoots that bear fruit one year will put out new growth and will bloom and fruit the next year, so that biennial bearing is rare in the rambutan. Observations of the bearing trees there and at the Arago Farm not far away, resulted in the selection of 21 clones which they classified into 4 groups according to fruit size: 1) very large, 14 or less per lb (31 or less/kg); 2) large, 15 to 16 per lb (32-36/kg); 3) medium, 17 to 19 per lb (37-41/kg); 4) small, 20 or more per lb (42 or more/kg). A lot of what goes on here, is the raw reality of life. The rambutan flourishes from sea-level to 1,600 or even 1,800 ft (500-600 m), in tropical, humid regions having well-distributed rainfall. Early in season (mid-July). My email subscription gives you a whole lot more: my photo book, back-story details not published here. Well over 200 cultivars were developed from selected clones available throughout tropical Asia. Lychee and Rambutan belong to the same family of … That’s a strange looking fruit?! and that it is necessary to plant male trees with this cultivar. 'Seelengkeng'–Tree low-growing with drooping crown. Yellow-fruited rambutans are called ‘Atjeh koonig’ in Batavia. Yield; 440 lbs (200 kg) per tree at 8 years of age. Fruits ellipsoid, faintly flattened, about 2 in (5 cm) long, 1 1/2 in (4 cm) wide. 'Victoria'–Yellowish with red spines; rind thick; flesh thick, juicy, sweet, freestone. Among the earliest transfers include rubber clones and rambutan varieties from Malaysia and Indonesia. And, when I do get online it's not all about writing here. It's all completely free, and a great way to travel along with me and stay up to date. R-5 Rambutan and Maharlika from Philippines are good selections. If I have not written anything here or updated my status on twitter in over two weeks, then someone might like to call the police in said country. Rambutan trees should be sheltered from strong winds which do much damage during the flowering and fruiting periods. ‘Maharlika’ (no description available) has yielded 21 lbs/ acre (21 kg/ha) in the Philippines. There are 2 forms: 1) 'Seematjan besar' with small fruit, thin rind, spines fairly far apart; very sweet, somewhat coarse, fairly juicy flesh to which the coarse, fibrous testa tightly adheres; 2) 'Seematjan ketjil' (or 'Koombang')–the fruit has soft, tough, and less sweet flesh to which the seed coat does not tightly adhere. Easy to over indulge :). Yield: 176 lbs (80 kg) per tree at 6 years of age. 'Quirino'–Yellowish with pinkish-red spines; small; flesh thick (32.78 % of fruit), juicy and sweet. I have to factor many things into this journey, as such, time and finances to process photos, locate internet, upload and write on the road is prioritized. The most ideal conditions for rambutan in the eastern region of the Philippines, where the average temperature is approximately equal to 27.5S and humidity - 83%. The rambutan was taken to the Philippines from Indonesia in 1912. The entire fruit cluster is cut from the branch by harvesters. After cooling, the testa is discarded and the seeds are boiled alone until soft. In Oriental Mindoro Province, if the budding is done in the month of May, they can achieve 83.6% success; if done in June and July, 82%. Other than those countries, Sri Lanka is also popular for rambutan. Wood: The tree is seldom felled. Rind is thin, pliable, tough. NEW RAMBUTAN VARIETIES IDENTIFIED Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum var. The name rambutan is derived from the word for hair in local languages. 'Laurel, Sr.'–Pinkish-red, small; flesh thick (39.76% of fruit). 'Baby Christie'–Yellowish-red with soft, silvery-pink spines; large. On a trip to Iloilo City, we saw a big breadfruit tree. It is cultivated also in India and in the Philippines where it has averaged 16 lbs/acre (16 kg/ha). Various rambutan cultivars were introduced from our neighboring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, but only a few cultivars were eventually adopted in the Philippines. Early in season. Fruit nearly ovoid, about 1 1/2 in (4 cm) long and 1 1/5 in (3 cm) wide; dark wine-red with slender, flexible spines about 2/5 in (1 cm) long. Successful technology transfer to the Philippines. The rambutan is native to Malaysia and commonly cultivated throughout the archipelago and southeast Asia. Years later in the 19th century, rambutan was introduced to Suriname in South America by the Dutch. ;), i love rambutan !!! The Philippines is a tropical country that produces lots of fruits. Rambutan trees to bear fruit well, they need deep soil, rich in organic matter or sandy clay loam and good drainage. Seeds were imported into the United States from Java in 1906 (SPI #17515) but the species is not grown in this country. A week after seed removal from the fruit, there may be only 50% to 65% germination. These are Maharlika, Seematjan and Seenjonja varieties. provides a mechanism to reproduce the seeds of traditional varieties and under-utilized crops. Fungicidal applications and packing in perforated polyethylene bags have extended fresh life somewhat. Its tasty sweet fruit like lichi ... Australia. Premiere agricultural website in the Philippines www.agriculture.ph Some cultivars, as noted, keep better than others. Rambutan seedlings bear in 5-6 years, but the ratio of female to male trees is 4 or 5 to 7. The Rambutan sold in mainland America mostly come from Guatemala. (Cultivated also in India.) In the Philippines, flowering occurs from late March to early May and the fruits mature from July to October or occasionally to November. They found that all the 'Seematjan' flowers were hermaphrodite functioning as female (h.f.f.) Varieties Rambutan is a cross-pollinated crop, resulting to a large genetic variation with numerous varieties over generations. Big ants love rambutan and are often found on the fruit! Yield: 352 lbs (160 kg) per tree at 8 years of age. Grafted varieties allow for different coloured skin and flesh colour. In Java the tree is especially prone to attack by various insects. ... Rambutan. Lychee, longan and rambutan are premier dessert fruit and are usually eaten fresh. Ordinarily, the fruits must be gotten to local markets within 3 days of picking before shriveling and decay begin. The Philippines lies between 21°20’ north and 4°30’ north latitude and 116°55’ east and 126°36’ east longitude, in the ... and the informal seed system, which . 'Roxas'–Dark-red; medium-sized; flesh thick (42.97% of fruit); juicy, sweet, adheres to seed. There are several pathogens that attack the fruits and cause rotting under warm, moist conditions. Varieties. 'Cruz' or 'Cruzas' (from Arago Farm)–flesh medium-thick (26.15% of fruit). About 1960, 10 outstanding rambutans were selected in an evaluation of 100 seedling trees of the unsurpassed Indonesian 'Seematjan', also 'Seenjonja', 'Maharlika', 'Divata', 'Marikit', 'Dalisay', 'Marilag', 'Bituin', 'Alindog', and 'Paraluman'. 'Arago' (from Arago Farm)–flesh very thick (41.42% of fruit). Rambutan are a tropical fruit similar to the lychee. Early in season. It’s even cheaper out in the countryside. i think we need to plan a trip. I've always loved it since I was a child, it grows extremely well in the Philippines. Fruits keep only 1 week at 60º F (15.56º C). Rambutan is one of the most popular fruits in South East Asia, including The Philippines. In the ideal environment of Oriental Mindora Philippines, the average temperature year-round is about 81º F (27.3º C), relative humidity is 82%, rainfall 71 in (180 cm)-about 165 rainy days. I bought two kilos for under $0.60. The rambutan is botanically named as Nephelium lappaceum. Dimocarpus crinita Lour. We had been unable to find one for sale. However, it’s also widely cultivated in other tropical regions, such as Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, Costa Rica Panama, Ecuador and the Philippines. Enjoy the air-conditioning tip, it really makes a difference! Individual trees 8 years old or older have borne as much as 440 lbs (200 kg) one season and only 132 lbs (60 kg) the next. Yield The Philippines is rich in seafood and Cagayan Valley offers the freshest fish, crabs, lobster, and others. Similar to a lychee, it has a sweet tasting white flesh attached to its big rounded seed. Fruits stand long-distance shipment. 'Fortich'–Yellowish-red; medium-sized; flesh thick (40.95% of fruit); juicy, sweet; freestone. Seeds will germinate in 9 to 25 days, the earlier, the more vigor in the seedling. Spines are thick and short. :), Subscribe & get a FREE copy of my photo-e-book, Over 162,000 monthly readers & 6,281+ subscribers. I do it whenever I can, and as fast as I can. Yield: 303 lbs (138 kg) per tree at 6 years of age. Full resolution photographs are available for sales, prints or for free depending on intended usage. 'Quezon'–Yellowish- red, small to medium; rind pliable; flesh thick (38.24% of fruit); sweet, slightly acid, juicy. Don’t go home until you tried Vigan empanada, longganisa and bagnet. 'Princess Caroline'–Dark-red, small, rind pliable; flesh thick (44.14% of fruit); seeds small. Rambutan. Soil All images and text are copyright protected. When heated, it becomes a yellow oil having an agreeable scent. I joke not. Yield: 352 lbs (160 kg) per tree at 8 years of age. Tree very low-growing, spreading. The peeled fruits are occasionally stewed as dessert. Depending on the season or harvest, you can also get super juicy sweet rambutan which are really worth getting your hands on. I don't have access to 24/7 internet, nor work behind a stationary media desk. But in the mouth it stays fresh and is very palatable. This fruit is number 1! Rambutan Varieties Plant only grafted rambutan from a superior variety. Yield: 343 lbs (156 kg) per tree at 8 years of age. Twitter is a good place to see my live updates. Studies in Malaya show that a harvest of 6,000 lbs/acre (6,720 kg/ha) of rambutan fruits removes from the soil 15 lbs/acre (approximately 15 kg/ha) nitrogen, 2 lbs/acre (2 kg/ha) phosphorus, 11.5 lbs/acre (11.5 kg/ha) potassium, 5.9 lbs/acre (5.9 kg/ha) calcium, and 2.67 lbs/acre (2.67 kg/ha) magnesium. The firm soft white rambutan fruit itself is quite sweet and not so filling. In Malaya, 'Rambutan gading' indicates a yellow type. Ripens late in season. In Malaya a preserve is made by first boiling the peeled fruit to separate the flesh from the seeds. 'Santo Tomas'–Yellowish-pink with reddish-pink, soft spines. One race with a partly free stone is known as 'rambutan lejang'. The chart by Reddit user “versonjohn” lists fruits that are ripe in particular months. (Cultivated also in India). 'Baby Eulie'–Light-red, very large, flesh thick (39.92% of fruit), soft, freestone. 'Seekonto'–Tree has broad crown; is fast-growing. They are soft and allow you to easily reach in with your two thumbs and crack the firm but easy to break skin open. Rambutan is also a great thing to bring back to your guesthouse to get everyone smiling and thinking you are the nicest person of the day! The mango twig-borer, Niphonoclea albata, occasionally appears on rambutan trees. -yee- Maybe it’s the season that makes it so cheap. Pests and Diseases The oil could be used in making soap and candles if it were available in greater quantity. Rambutan. Keeping Quality Probably native to Malaysia, it is exploited throughout the wet Asian tropics. Food Uses Accordingly, unwashed seeds or seeds treated with the juice can be held for a month in moist sawdust without sprouting. It’s even cheaper out in the countryside. Kept well for 2 weeks at 60º F (15.56º C). Grafted varieties are available and these may take 5 – 8 years to bear fruit. Flesh thick (36.41% of fruit). Yield: 429 lbs (195 kg) per tree at 8 years of age. Cagayan Valley. 'Zamora'–Yellowish rind with pale-pink spines; oblong; small; rind hard; flesh thick (38.29% of fruit), juicy and sweet. Yield: 275 lbs (125 kg) per tree at 20 years of age. The leaves are poulticed on the temples to alleviate headache. Yield: 330 lbs (150 kg) per tree at 7 years of age. This is arguably one of the best fruits around. in Malaya, can be fatal to rambutan trees if not controlled at the outset. As a tasty sweet snack it’s one of the best little fruits you can find on the side of many a road. Seedlings for use as rootstocks are taken from the seedbed after 45 days and transplanted into 1-quart cans with a mixture of 50% cured manure and later transferred to 5 gal containers. they are a bit like rambutan only yummy-er :) if you havn’t already you should try it but dont wear white…the juice stains :P, -riko- Since you asked for them, they are on the way! Absolutely Delicious ! For further information please read my copyright statement. When I lived in Thailand I had a daily ritual that involved walking to a local market for a kilo of rambutan which I would eat during the morning. A serious disease, stem canker, caused by Fomes lignosus in the Philippines and Ophioceras sp. 'Rodrigas' (from Arago Farm)–Medium-sized; flesh thick (38.46% of fruit). Popular varieties in Malaya include 'Chooi Ang', 'Peng Thing Bee', 'Ya Tow', 'Azimat', and 'Ayer Mas'. A full length RSS feed is available to all, BUT I'd really recommend my free email subscription instead! Culture -Earl- It’s a good breakfast alright. Air-layering may at first appear successful, but many air-layers die after being transplanted into 5-gal containers, or, later, in the field, long after separation from the mother tree. Many cultivars are present in the ASEAN region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam), the principle commercial cultivars are: 'Lebakbulus', 'Binjai', 'Simacan', and 'Rapiah' from Indonesia; 'R134', 'Gula Batu'(R3), 'Muar Gading'(R156), 'Khaw Tow Bak'(R160), 'Lee Long' (R161), and 'Daun Hijau'(R162) from Malaysia; 'Deli Cheng' and 'Jitlee' from Singapore; 'Seematjan', 'Seenjonja', and 'Mahalika' from the Philippines, … -Renny- Yep, a little strrange, but very nice. Flesh yellowish-white, sweet, clings tightly to the thick testa which separates from the seed. Among the superior varieties are from Thailand (Rongrein and gulahbato), Malaysia (R162 and R5), Singapore (Jitlee), Super Red, Malaysian Jade, Sakay Selection and some others. Flesh slightly glossy, tough, moderately sweet, and separates from the seed with a few particles of testa clinging to it. I hope they survive the winter. Borne in large clusters of up to 85 fruits each. with a very few hermaphrodite functioning as males (h.f.m.) Leaf-eating insects, the mealybug, Pseudococcus lilacinus, and the giant bug, Tessaratoma longicorne, may require control measures. There they assembled 360 trees of which 140 were found to be bearing in 1960 and 196 (mostly males) were non-bearing. Most of the cultivars are also selected for compact growth, reaching a height of only 3–5 m for easier harvesting. Light pruning is done only to improve the form of the tree and strengthen it. Fruits are dark-red with spines to 3/4 in (2 cm) long. The skin of the fruit will be reddish in colour. Then, too, hardly 5% of female trees give a profitable yield. However, the wood–red, reddish-white, or brownish–is suitable for construction though apt to split unless carefully dried. I am growing 4 seedlings at the moment. The juice of the flesh inhibits germination. There are many different varieties of Rambutan. After 2 or 3 months, the scion is notched 3 times over a period of 2 weeks and then severed from the parent tree. Rambutan, which comes from the Malay word rambut, meaning “hair,” is native to Southeast Asia. Fully saturated glycerides amount to 1.4%. They also offer dishes from freshly picked local vegetables like pinakbet and dinengdeng. To people of Malaysia, Thailand, the Phillippines, Vietnam, Borneo, and other countries of this region, the rambutan is a comparatively common fruit like an apple which is common to many people in cooler climates. Propagation Rambutan fruit from Davao (click to enlarge) It’s a really easy fruit to grow, and prices are very low. It’s a really easy fruit to grow, and prices are very low. Proper selection and vegetative propagation has lead to selected clones that produce desirable fruit characteristics such as thick, firm, flesh that is sweet. A search like this is not a picnic. In the Philippines has yielded on the average 41 lbs/acre (41 kg/ha). The rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.) is a tree of the Sapindaceae family, just like the litchi or longan. Hard to get info on that. In Malaya the dried fruit rind is sold in drugstores and employed in local medicine. Vegetative propagation is essential. One of my favorites!! ), Online Storage Hosting for Travelers: Why you need to do it, June 24th, 2010: Seven Posts To Read | Wandering Earl. Fruit flattened ellipsoid, about 2 in (5 cm) long, 1 1/2 in (4 cm) wide with slim spines 2/5 in (1 cm) long. The tree does best on deep, clay-loam or rich sandy loam rich in organic matter, or in deep peat. Fruit of Rambutan: The fruit will be round in shape, it contains a single oval seed, and the fruit will be 3 cm – 6 cm in length and 3 cm – 4 cm in broad. If the trees are set too close to each other, they will become overcrowded in a few years and production will be seriously affected. Patch-budding is preferred as having a much greater rate of success. Plant varieties from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines can be found growing in Hawaii during the peak months of February and March, so get it while you can at various farmers markets across the state. Tip 2: If you have air-conditioning try leaving some rambutan out in a bowl for a couple of days. You might find this Travel Blog a little different to most. Then popular demand brought about systematic efforts to improve the crop and resulted in the establishment of many commercial plantations in the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Davan, Iloilo, Laguna, Oriental Mindoro and Zamboanga. Although I’d never heard of the air-conditioning trick, I’ll have to give that a try next time. 'Seematjan'–Tree has an open crown and long, flexible branches. The dry season should not last much over 3 months. 'Sectangkooweh'–Tree broad-topped. -Ivy- It’s good alright. Origin and Distribution Please get in touch for further details. Fruit ovoid, 1 1/5 in (3 cm) long, 3/4 in (2 cm) wide, with very fine, soft spines. One Philippine seedling orchard was found to have 67% male trees. Recently introduced everywhere else, it is cultivated in particular in the American tropics, but also in Africa, Australia as well as Madagascar. Rambutan is originated in the Malayan archipelago, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia and Southern Thailand. Today, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are considered the largest producers of rambutan. They are combined with the flesh and plenty of sugar for about 20 minutes, and 3 cloves may be added before sealing in jars. There are varieties of dried fish in the region. Yellow-fruited rambutans are called 'Atjeh koonig' in Batavia. Yield: 132 lbs (60 kg) per tree at 6 years of age. Birds and flying foxes (fruit-eating bats) consume many of the fruits, probably considerably reducing yield figures. Description. It’s soft, juicy and quite sticky if you don’t wash it from you fingers. Exotic fruit of Southeast Asia. Tip: If you do go to a market and buy rambutan, make sure to keep it tied up in a plastic bag, and / or in the bathroom basin. To confirm whether it was the rambutan that was used in Ugly Betty, I googled the episode and it was indeed the fruit. Outside the Rambutan fruit looks like a golf ball sized red & green porcupine. Philippine agronomists apply 2.2 lbs (1 kg) ammonium sulfate together with 2.2 lbs (1 kg) complete fertilizer (12-24-12) per tree immediately after harvest and give the same amount of ammonium sulfate to each tree near the end of the rainy season. 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