Rambutan: Nephelium lappaceum, a fruit native to the western lowlands of Malaysia, is now cultivated in many parts of South East Asia, where is highly popular, in Sri Lanka, and in Zamzibar, where it was introduced at an early date by Arab traders. It is closely related to the Lychee.
Fruits vary in quality and type, there are crimson, greenish, and yellow or orange varieties. The inner part of the fruit is small than a lychee, but the outside looks larger because the long hairs which give its name, rambut being the Malay word for hair. It looks slightly like a sweet chestnut. The flavour is usually more acid than a lychee, but highly aromatic, and the seed has an almond like flavour.