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August 2011 Issue

Getting to Know Exotic Rambutan

You might have heard that rambutan is one of the hottest “superfruits” of the year, as some popular magazines and websites have proclaimed. And this exotic fruit certainly looks the part—its ruby-colored outer surface is covered with yellowish-green, hairy tubercles (nodules), inspiring the fruit’s name, which means “hair” in Malay. A close relative of lychee, rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.) grows on trees that can reach up to 80 feet in height, and is a treasured fruit in its native Asia.

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