You have probably seen the fruit of the Rambutan in markets, and have never really looked at it. The trees are not widely grown, however the fruit is sought after.
Rambutan are a tropical fruit similar to the lychee. A native of Malaysia and the Philippines Rambutan require well drained soil high in organic matter, high rainfall and high temperatures.
Grafted varieties are available and these may take 5 – 8 years to bear fruit. Fruit is great fresh, simply split open and remove the red outer skin and the seed, nice with ice cream, mango, yoghurt or use to make an interesting jam.
One of the problems with commercial production, is that the fruit need to be harvested when ripe, this presents some problems with transportation and storage.
Rambutan summary Information
- Climate – Tropical – Limited to Northern Queensland and areas of the Northern Territory for good fruit production.
- Height – Generally around 10 metres in height, in ideal conditions up to 18 metres. In commercial fruit production, Rambutan trees are kept pruned to around 4 metres in height for ease of harvest and better fruit production.
- Spread – To around 5 metres.
- Position – Full; sun.Soil – Humus rich well drained with good moisture.
- Folaige – Deep green.
- Fruiting time – This will depend on location, from winter to summer.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought tolerant- No