What you Need to Know About the Hairy, Berry-like Rambutan Fruit

January 24, 2014

Rambutan is a red fruit with hairy protuberance that can be likened to berries and with native origins from Indonesia. It is named such due to its appearance because in Malaysian/Indonesian language, the word means hairy. Its cultivation spread to tropical countries in south-eastern Asia like Malaysia, Philippines, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. It is believed to come from the family of lychees but it is sweeter. No exact origin can pinpoint its roots as a fruit. Other varieties of such can be seen in yellow color found in Costa Rica but these are just genetically transplanted to grow abroad. This is a non-climacteric fruit because it only ripens on its tree. The variety that are sweeter and where fruits easily separate from seed when eaten is the pricier kind. There are many varieties of this fruit in Indonesia while in some countries that cultivates it, 2 or more may be found.

The fruit is rich in carbohydrates making it one of the fruits that are a good source of calories. It also contains good amount of vitamin C, protein and phosphorus like apples and orange. It is a seasonal fruit it why it cannot be combined to daily diet much of the time. It is not widely imported because it is a fruit that easily rots and susceptible to pest because of its sweetness. It is made into jam so it can be manufactured for import. It is advised that when harvesting the fruit, it should still be attached to branch so its quality and sweetness last longer and pests are less likely to infest on it.

Rambutan, being rich with Iron makes it a good fruit for anaemic individuals. Iron helps in the production of red blood cells which is very important for the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. With enough amount or red blood cells, the cells and tissues in the body gets enough oxygen for function. With the good content of phosphorus in this fruit, it helps in the repair process in cells and tissues. With daily requirement of 4.3 percent of phosphorus on one’s diet, this is the fruit to add. If one is worried on its sweetness and sugar content, not to fret because it is fructose and sucrose which can be digested easily and eliminated so it will not bind to blood to increase blood sugar.

This fruit is believed to have anti-cancer properties because it is rich in antioxidant flavonoids. Antioxidants are key elements to cell regeneration thereby helping cancer patients combat immune disease and infection. When cancer medications kill healthy and cancer cells, antioxidants help the body produce new healthy cells faster. Free radicals which damage healthy cells are also combatted by antioxidants so that healthy cells are maintained.  Also, the rich content of vitamin C in this fruit makes one protected by usual infections that are easily transmitted by air like colds and cough. Fiber is also rich in this hairy fruit making it good for the diet because it promotes digestion. With good digestion, cleansing happens often in the body making it susceptible to common diseases.

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