Rambutan has come to its main season. Crop from the Southern Thailand is available from July until September, with peak productivity in August. At other times of the year, availability will be lower from Thailand but is compensated by supply from Vietnam. Weather conditions have been quite unpredictable lately. South East Asia is currently right in the rainy season and if there is too much rain, the crop can be affected. So far the quality has been excellent this year.
The rambutan tree is an evergreen tree growing to a height of 10 to 20 meters and grows best in a tropical climate. The harvesting schedule in Thailand is generally between 90–120 days after full bloom. For the fruits, the ideal storage temperature is between 10–13 degrees Celsius.
Rambutan is actually a fruit and is native to Southeast Asia, with Thailand being one of the largest rambutan producers. It is amongst the most popular fruits in the country, especially during summertime. Because of the sweet and mildly juicy acidic flavour of the fruit’s translucent flesh, it can be really refreshing. The fruit has a round to oval shape and the skin is covered with lots of yellow hairs. The word “rambutan” had originated from a Malay word “rambut” which literally means hair. Hence the derivation of the name.