Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rambutan !!!

Now not only because Durian season, durian very "hot". Now also Rambutan season.

The Rambutan (IPA: [raˈmbu.t̪ɑn], Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae, probably native to southeast Asia, and the fruit of this tree. 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 where the name quite literally means 'hairy'. although its precise natural distribution is unknown. In Costa Rica and Nicaragua, it is known as mamón chino. from wikipedia
The Wikipedia version of Rambutan got so many name, but I believe here, we just this local fruit Rambutan in English/Malay, Ang Mor Tan in Hokkien, Hoong Mole Tan in Cantonese while Hoong Maul Tan in Mandarin.

The name :
  • Ang/Hoong - meaning Red colour
  • Mor/Mole/Mau/Rambut - hair
  • Tan - In ancient Chinese, their medical pill is a small ball. This small ball was call Tan 丹。
This fruit is kinda popular here in Malaysia and you can plant it in your compound too as the weather and climate here is very suitable for Rambutan planting.



I don't eat rambutan much because I just lazy to tear open and eat its flesh. You can't eat the whole thing, because you may accidentally swallow the seeds which is quite big. If someone want to tear for me, then hehehe, sure will eat all.



Sometimes, people will add rambutan flesh into desser like Si Kuey Th'ng. You only can eat the rambutan when it's turn bright red which mean it has riped.



Take a bite at the flesh or take out the seed. It taste sweet.



See? It's hairy ^^. Above pictures and rambutan were taken from my grandma's rambutan tree :). Cool eh? Free Rambutan.

 
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