It is no longer a secret that a number of countries in Southeast Asian region especially Indonesia is home to an array of exotic, tasty and juicy fruits.
Rambutan fruit tree would be the plant that produces plenty of rambutan fruits in every harvesting session and these fruits are native to Indonesia and its neighboring country Malaysia.
The name of this sweet fruits is actually derived from Bahasa (Indonesian National Language). In English equivalent, rambutan means hair. It was strongly believed that the name of this fruit was mostly associated to the physical appearance of the fruits that has a hairy look.
Beside its unique name and physical appearance, rambutan is also well known for its health benefits, unique flavor and nutritional values. Many studies have clearly revealed that rambutan nutrition is very rich as rambutan fruit is very rich in essential nutrients.
The Nutritional Value of Rambutan Fruits
Rambutan fruit tree actually belongs to the Nephelium genus and Sapindales order. Many related experts also refer this fruit as Nephelium lappaceum. Rambutan fruit tree is home to many rambutan fruits that come in various attractive colors.
Many rambutan trees produce red hairy fruit with red rind while many other trees actually grow the fruit that has orange or yellow rinds.
Once you open the colorful rind, you will find the sweet and edible flesh.
However, if you are not pretty familiar with this fruit, make sure that you do not eat the flesh completely as it features hard rambutan seeds inside.
This part is not edible whatsoever.
The USDA National Nutrient Database has clearly revealed that in every 100 g of rambutan flesh, you can find plenty of water, carbohydrate, calcium, dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calories, zinc, sodium and vitamin C.
If you never really taste this red hairy fruit, you can simply imagine the taste of lychees. These two fruits have translucent and milky-white flesh inside the rind. Both fruits also offer firm and juicy flesh that comes with sweet taste.
Health Benefits of Rambutan Fruit
Beside its exotic appearance, this tropical fruit is also renowned for its health benefits. Thanks to the modest content of vitamin C inside the rambutan fruits, you can rely on them to protect your body from the harmful free radicals.
Consuming more rambutan fruits will also help your body absorb iron and copper more effectively. The rambutan fruit itself is also a great source of copper. Therefore, it may come in very handy in increasing the production of red blood cells and white blood cells. The phosphorus content in this fruit may come in very handy to clean your kidneys from accumulated wastes.
This red hairy fruit is also useful for maintain the health of our bones and teeth due to the fact that this fruit has plenty of calcium. You should not worry too much about the sweet taste of the fruit since the natural sugars in rambutan shall be metabolized in your system very easily.
Now that you know the enormous health benefits of rambutan fruit, it would be very useful if you look for more information about how to plant rambutan in your garden.