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Rambutan – the spiny fruit with a soft heart


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Rambutan is the most popular fruit of Southeast Asia. The fruits of rambutan are red to yellow in colour with long hair-like structures, and the edible portion is translucent and juicy.

Rambutan fruits are highly nutritious, being rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The rind and the edible portion of the fruits are rich in anti-oxidants which are excellent in fighting against the growth of cancer cells. The fruits are mainly consumed as fresh fruit, though they can also be canned. They are ideal for making jams and jellies.

Rambutan grows well in warm tropical climate. Lands prone to water logging are not good for growing rambutan. Slightly sloped lands are ideal. Budding is the best method for producing high-quality rambutan planting materials. Budlings produce fruits after 2 or 3 years with optimum production occurring after 6 or 8 years, if managed well.

More than 200 varieties of rambutan are found across tropical Asia. Homegrown Biotech has identified several varieties which are suitable for commercial farming as well as homestead gardening. N 18, King, HG Baling, HG School Boy and HG Malwana are excellent varieties that can be planted commercially. Our homestead varieties are E 35, HG Gading, Pretty Queen and Sunrise.

For more information on planting, watering, pruning and nurturing rambutan, please Download Leaflet.