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Rambutan

Posted by Alfredo J. Martiz J. (Panama City, Panama) on 15 October 2009 in Food & Cuisine.

The rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae. It is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, although its precise natural distribution is unknown. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the Lychee, Longan, and Mamoncillo. It is believed to be native to the Malay Archipelago. Rambutan in Indonesian, Filipino and Malay literally means hairy caused by the 'hair' that covers this fruit. In Thailand the fruit is known as ngoh. In Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, it is known as mamón chino. There is a second species regularly for sale at Malay markets which is known as "wild" rambutan. It is a little smaller than the usual red variety and is colored yellow. The outer skin is peeled exposing the fleshy fruit inside which is then eaten. It is sweet and sour to the taste.

Reference: Wikipedia


Mercado de Abastos, Panama City. October 11th, 2009

NIKON D70s 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 200 95 mm

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