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Rambutan, the delicious tropical fruit: properties and culinary uses


Rambutan, the delicious tropical fruit: properties and culinary uses


Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)


Rambutan is a tropical fruit native to Indonesia, Malaysia and Latin America.


It is a small, spherical fruit, with a red or brown outer skin and a surface covered with soft spikes. The skin peels off easily to reveal the fruit's white or pinkish flesh, which is juicy and sweet. Rambutan resembles litchi, and is a member of the Sapindaceae family. It can be eaten fresh or used to make jams, compotes, and other preserves. It can also be added to salads and fruit dishes.


Apart from its delicious taste, rambutan is also rich in nutrients and has some health benefits. It contains a significant amount of vitamin C, making it a healthy option to strengthen the immune system and protect against colds and other illnesses. It also contains a moderate amount of iron and calcium, making it a good choice for people with anemia or bone health issues.



Freeze dried rambutan
Freeze dried rambutan

Additionally, rambutan contains a significant amount of dietary fiber, which can help promote digestion and keep the digestive system healthy. It also contains antioxidants that can protect against cell damage and improve overall health.


Rambutan is a tropical fruit, so it grows best in hot, humid climates. It is cultivated in regions of Asia, Central America and South America. Imported rambutans can also be found in some international markets. If you live in a region with a warm climate, you may be able to grow your own rambutans in a garden or in a pot.


Rambutan is a nutrient-dense fruit that can provide a number of health benefits. Some of the possible benefits of rambutan include:


  • Strengthening the immune system: Rambutan is rich in vitamin C, which can help strengthen the immune system and protect against colds and other illnesses.


  • Improved bone health: Rambutan contains a moderate amount of calcium, which may be beneficial for bone health and to prevent osteoporosis.


  • Healthy Digestion: Rambutan is a good source of dietary fiber, which can help promote digestion and keep the digestive system healthy.


  • Prevention of cell damage: Rambutan contains antioxidants, which may protect against cell damage and improve overall health.


  • Es importante tener en cuenta que, aunque el rambután puede proporcionar estos y otros beneficios, es importante consumirlo como parte de una dieta equilibrada y variada y no depender de una sola fuente de nutrientes.

Rambutan Smoothie
Rambutan Smoothie

Here are some recipes that can be made with rambutan:


  • Rambutan Jam: To make this jam, you will need ripe rambutans, sugar, lemons, and a pinch of cinnamon. Peel and pit the rambutans, then puree them in a food processor or blender. Add the rambutan puree to a pot along with the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, and cook over medium heat until the jam thickens. Pack the hot jam in sterilized jars and close them tightly.


  • Rambutan Smoothie: To make a rambutan smoothie, you will need ripe rambutans, milk, ice, and sugar to taste. Peel and pit the rambutans, then crush them in a blender along with the milk and ice. Add sugar to taste and blend until smooth. Serve cold.


  • Rambutan Fruit Salad: To make a rambutan fruit salad, you will need ripe rambutans, other types of fresh fruits like mango, papaya, and pineapple, and a mix of salad leaves. Peel and pit the rambutans, then slice them. Cut the other fruits into cubes or slices. Mix all the fruits in a salad bowl and add fresh salad leaves. Serve cold.


  • Rambutan Smoothie: To make a rambutan sorbet, you will need ripe rambutans, water, sugar, and a little lemon juice. Peel and pit the rambutans, then crush them in a blender together with a little water. Add the rambutan puree to a pot with the sugar and lemon juice, and cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool, then crush it in an ice maker or blend it in a blender until smooth. Serve cold.



Do you want to buy Rambutan directly from growers in Colombia and Latin America?


Contact us and we will give you more information.


We can offer you Rambutan in presentations:


  • fresh rambutan

  • frozen rambutan

  • Frozen Ramburan


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