Rambutan is a tropical fruit that is believed to be indigenous to the Malay Peninsula. Its long history domestication has made it difficult to determine its true origin. Used as a traditional medicine in Indonesia for hundreds of years.
Today it can be found in most part of Asia, Australia and the U.S.. Thailand is currently the biggest producer and exporter in the world.
This fruit is from the same tropical fruit bearing tree where lychee and logan belongs. They are small, approximately 1 -2 inches long and comes in red and yellow color with soft, spiky hair on its thin leathery skin. It is oval in shape and looks like a small sea urchin. The flesh is usually white, but may sometimes appear as rose tinted and sticks to the ovoid seed. The taste is sweet, slightly acidic, juicy and very aromatic, a cross between lychee and kiwi. The word Rambutan comes from Indonesian word “Rambut” which means hairy.
Rambutan is a healthy food with a rich supply of protein, carbohydrates, vitamin C as well as mineral like calcium, phosphorus and Iron. The stem holds substances like pectin, saponin, and tannin and the seeds contain polyphenol. This fruit is low in fat.
This exotic super fruit is packed with health benefits. It can treat a variety of ailments like hypertension and diabetes and other common illnesses that includes dysentery, headaches and fever. It helps increase energy with it carbohydrate and protein content. This fruit is great for weight watchers with its rich supply of fiber and water to keep them feeling full for a long time. It contains Gallic acid, one of rambutans’ main compound that hunts down free radicals in the body thereby protecting it from oxidative damages. Rambutan is a fount of essential minerals that is vital to good health. Minerals like copper to maintain the white and red blood cells; Iron that corrects the supply of oxygen in the body to regulate fatigue due to anemia as well as dizziness; Phosphorus that help in the development and maintenance of body cells and tissues by removing wastes in the kidney; Calcium that works to fortify and strengthen our teeth and bones. It also has an antiseptic property that aids in getting rid of infections that invades our body. Eating the fruit can kill internal parasites.
Rambutan also cares for your skin and hair. It can make your skin soft, supple and smooth with its high water content that hydrates the skin. Applying the extract of mashed leaf of rambutan and water on your hair and scalp regularly will nourish your hair from deep inside.
Taken as food, rambutan is relatively safe. Excessive eating may increase your blood sugar level and may also cause itchy skin as a result of increased potassium level. Just remember…. Everything in moderation.
Want to get some hugs from your kids? Surprise them with this… rambutan fruits with shaved chocolate on top. Happy eating!
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