We produce a Thai rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) cultivar called “Long Lien.”
We feel that rambutan has an incredibly bright future as an exotic fresh fruit (drupe) crop in our area due to the explosive growth in the population of Sihanoukville due to aggressive commercial Special Economic Zone expansion as well as ever-increasing Chinese tourism growth.
Our Organic Approach
We have nurtured our rambutan trees with our special organic fertilizers supplemented with our special blend of inoculated biochar and compost mix.
We have found that our trees flourish with our special organic growth sprays and soil enhancing biochar. Our female-only orchards can grow to 15 meters in height with a canopy radius of 5 meters which is why we have given our trees a generous spacing in the field.
The Messy Hair Fruit
Rambutan is native to South East Asia and is a close relative to the longan and lychee. The name “rambutan” is derived from the Malay word rambut meaning “hair“, a reference to the distinctive numerous hairy panicles of the fruit. Similarly, in Vietnam, it is called chôm chôm (meaning “messy hair“).
Rambutan has a sweet and creamy taste, where lychee is crisper and less sweet. Many tourists to Southeast Asia have memorable experiences tasting this delicious fruit for the first time. The fruity drupe contains Vitamins B3, C, B2, and folate, while also providing a good source of manganese and fiber.
The majority of rambutan is eaten fresh, while it is also made into jam, jellies, dessert, or canned with syrup.
True South East Asian Fruit
Thailand is the largest producer of rambutan, followed by Indonesia, and Malaysia; the three countries collectively accounting for 97 percent of the world’s supply.
Rambutan is not a climacteric fruit — meaning that they ripen only on the tree and appear not to produce a ripening agent such as the plant hormone, ethylene, after being harvested.