Remarkable Indonesia: Rambutan

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Rambutan is a tropical fruit native to Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. Its name comes from the word “rambut“, an Indonesian word that means “hairy”, which explains the particular spiky rind of the fruit. Inside, the rambutan fruit looks like the lychee fruit and actually, it also tastes sweet like lychee. That’s why sometimes people call rambutan as a hairy lychee.

No matter it looks strange from the outside and has small size, rambutan is actually a very healthy fruit that is juicy, delicious and powerful to protect the health of people who consume it.  It has been included in many traditional cures in Indonesia and it is effective in fighting diabetes and hypertension.

Furthermore, rambutan is a rich source of iron, necessary to control oxygen levels in the body. Iron also helps to prevent dizziness and fatigue. In addition, consuming this tropical fruit provides daily phosphorus needed in our body, which can filter out kidney waste and is also good for growth plus protection to repair body cells.

Not only stopping there, this exotic tropical fruit also contains the amazing flavonoid antioxidants, known to reduce cholesterol, possess anti-cancer to various types of cancer diseases and give anti-inflammatory benefits. Additionally, Gallic acid contained in rambutan protects our body from oxidative damages.

Moreover, rambutan has other different vitamins and minerals, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium and vitamin C that are all significant in making sure our body function properly. It also contains fibre that helps diet program, especially for those who aim to reduce weight.

In addition to its nutrition, rambutan also has therapeutic benefits and it can help to kill parasites in intestines plus heal diarrhoea symptoms. In Indonesia, some healers also use some parts of this fruit to cure fever and other common illnesses.

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Its physical appearance and taste make it unique. Its vitamins give us the energy to pass the day better. (Photo by: Simone Sapia | Creative Writing by: Dewi Wihardja)
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