Rambutan is derived from the Malayan word “rambut” which means hairy, referring to the hairy, red or yellow appearance of the fruit. A tropical fruit which is widely cultivated in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, has over time spread to some parts of Africa, Oceania and Central America.

Rambutan trees can grow as high as 60ft and more. They provide round to oval shaped fruits with a single seed inside a glossy-white, slightly transluscent, sweet flesh. Rambutan fruits grow in clusters, similar to grapes and juicy sweet in flavor.