The name rambutan is an Indonesian word that means "hairy". The fruit does look hairy. The fruit is green in color when not yet ripe. Once ripe the outside of the fruit turns red. The flesh on the inside of the rambutan is white in color.
Rambutan is native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Rambutan trees grow naturally in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia . Other than those countries, Sri Lanka is also popular for rambutan.
The fruit are usually sold fresh, used in making jams and jellies, or canned.
|Nutritional value per serving|
|Serving size||100 g|
|Energy||343 kJ (82 kcal)|
|- Dietary fiber||0.9|
|Vitamin A equiv.||0 μg (0%)|
|Vitamin A||3 IU|
|- beta-carotene||2 μg (0%)|
|Thiamine (Vit. B1)||0.013 mg (1%)|
|Riboflavin (Vit. B2)||0.022 mg (1%)|
|Niacin (Vit. B3)||1.352 mg (9%)|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||0.018 mg (0%)|
|Vitamin B6||0.020 mg (2%)|
|Folate (Vit. B9)||8 μg (2%)|
|Vitamin B12||0.00 μg (0%)|
|Vitamin C||4.9 mg (8%)|
|Calcium||22 mg (2%)|
|Iron||0.35 mg (3%)|
|Magnesium||7 mg (2%)|
|Manganese||0.343 mg (17%)|
|Phosphorus||9 mg (1%)|
|Potassium||42 mg (1%)|
|Sodium||10.9 mg (0%)|
|Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion|
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database