Rambutan-“The Hairy Fruit”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of Rambutan.
  • Vitamin C in Rambutan provides two-thirds of the daily RDA.
  • Rambutan contains a good amount of manganese.
  • Rambutan is a medium-carbohydrate fruit.
  • The fruit is sweet, creamy, juicy, and slightly sour.


ORIGIN
The rambutan is the fruit of a tropical tree that is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asian countries. The literal translation of rambutan is “hairy,” and as you can see, the fruit is covered in “hair”. The outside of the rambutan is inedible, and the inside edible flesh is translucent, with a sweet, mildly acidic flavour.
Grown in India: In India Rambutan is cultivated in home gardens of Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Ernakulum districts of Kerala, Nagercoil, Courtallam, The Nilgiris districts of Tamil Nadu, Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu districts of Karnataka.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

NUTRIENT
UNITVALUE (Per 100g)
Proximates
Waterg78.04
Energykcal82
Proteing0.65
Total lipid (fat)g0.21
Carbohydrate, by differenceg20.87
Fiber, total dietaryg0.9
Minerals
Calcium, Camg22
Iron, Femg0.35
Magnesium, Mgmg7
Phosphorus, Pmg9
Potassium, Kmg42
Sodium, Namg11
Zinc, Znmg0.08
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acidmg4.9
Thiaminmg0.013
Riboflavinmg0.022
Niacinmg1.352
Vitamin B-6mg0.02
Folate, DFEµg8
Vitamin B-12µg0
Vitamin A, RAEµg0
Vitamin A, IUIU3
Lipids
Fatty acids, total transg0
Cholesterolmg0
Source:USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF RAMBUTAN
1. Skin Care
Rambutan contains moderate amounts of antioxidants, polyphenolic compounds and key vitamins in this fruit. These compounds can help neutralize free radicals in the system, including those that cause breakdowns in the skin. Regularly intake this fruit makes for a rich anti-aging addition that can help reduce oxidative stress and also reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
2. Weight Loss
People who are willing to lose weight, these fruits can help to keep you full, while also regulating the digestive process and optimizing nutrient digestion so fewer carbohydrates are converted into fat, further improving weight loss efforts.
3. Hair Care
The leaves of the rambutan tree are actually used for hair care. A paste of water and crushed rambutan leaves can be put in the hair for 10-15 minutes before shower. This can help improve the shine, lustre, texture, and strength of hair.
4. Aids Digestion
Despite having a low amount of fibre, it can still have an impact on your digestive processes, as almost all fruits do. The fibre in rambutan can help to stimulate peristaltic motion and clear up any signs or symptoms of constipation, while also scraping excess cholesterol from the body and improving the efficiency that nutrients are taken into the body.
5. Improves Bone Density
With significant amounts of minerals, including zinc, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium, rambutan helps improve bone strength and density, thus helping you avoid osteoporosis as you age.
6. Increases Energy Metabolism
The range of Vitamin B in rambutan boost the metabolic pathways in the body, which, in turn helps in energy metabolism, namely the conversion of carbohydrates into usable energy.
7. Improves Fertility
Vitamin C is important for the production of healthy sperm. Rambutan happens to be high in this key antioxidant vitamin, and can, therefore, help men overcome problems with virility or infertility.
8. Prevents Heart Diseases
Rambutan is a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to protect heart health and it helps in strengthening and repairing damaged blood vessel walls. This gradual breakdown can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, making rambutan an excellent defensive tool for your heart health!
9. Anti-bacterial Properties
Rambutan has been used since the ancient times for its antibacterial properties. Certain studies also speak of the antiseptic properties of the fruit, which protect the body against numerous infections. The fruit accelerates wound healing and also prevents pus formation.
10. Prevents Cancer
Rambutan is one of those fruits with a high antioxidant content, which is reason enough to say that it can prevent cancer. These antioxidants can fight inflammation and protect the cells in the body from getting affected. The vitamin C in the fruit also aids in this regard. It neutralizes the harmful free radicals and offers protection against different forms of cancer. According to one study, rambutan peels can alter and disturb the growth of cancer cells and can even be used for the treatment of liver cancer. Eating five rambutans every day can drastically cut the risk of cancer.
IMPORTANT TIPS & FACTS
1. Gently cut the rambutan rind in the middle (around the equator).
2. Using your fingers, pull the two parts of the rind apart. You will see the translucent white fruit in the middle.
3. Rambutan can be added to fruit salads and as garnish.
4. Rambutan juice/syrup can be a refreshing summer drink.
SIDE EFFECTS OF RAMBUTAN
1. Rambutan fruit is well tolerated and allergic reactions are quite rare to occur. Seeds contain saponin alkaloids and should be discarded.
2. When rambutan is too ripe, the sugar content in rambutan will turn into Alcohol which can cause rise in cholesterol levels, this is very dangerous for people suffering from diabetes, this is one of the side effects for people who is overeating rambutan.