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Monday, November 12, 2007

PULASAN




Common Name: Pulasan
Botanical Name: Nephelium natubile
Specimens From: Malaysia

Pulasan, originated from Malaysia, is very rare once out of South-east Asia, other than the Philippines. This crew-cut, punky fruit, is the cousin of the hairy rambutan.

Pulasan, is way under-rated. If compare to the rambutan, it is bigger, sweeter and the flesh does not stick to the seed. Moreover, the seeds are edible. But surprisingly, not much is known about this exotic fruit.

Eating style is exactly the same as eating the rambutan. Just use both your thumbs to prise it open. The leathery skin is soft but it is thicker and slightly harder to tear it apart. Pop the white, translucent flesh into your mouth or just bite it from your hand.

The rind is usually red to reddish-black. The flesh is sweet and slightly juicy, plus the seed is edible and tastes like almond. I would prefer this fruit anytime better than the rambutan but it is usually priced higher.


Fruit: Pulasan ; Nephelium natubile ; Sapindaceae.


Other fruits in the same family: Fijian LonganLongan, Lychee, Rambutan.


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34 comments:

morinn said...

it looks a little like the litchi.

LORD MANILA STONE said...

i knew it, i thought you just did a repost of the rambutan post, pulasan, i have never heard of it, might have tried it once or twice but just thought it was rambutan all the while, hehehe

Karin said...

No, I haven´t seen this fruit before. More and more exotic fruits are available in our stores now. Recently I arrived home from the grocery store with three too ripe persimmons. At first, I didn´t know what to do with them. Then I simply mashed them, because they were so very soft, and put the mash into a cake batter.

The best soft ginger cake I´ve ever had, you know.

kml said...

It is so different - I would love to find some growing just to take photos of it on the tree.

vida said...

Thanks for visiting me!! Your blog is interesting. My fav fruits are Watermelon, Cherries, Raspberries, Strawberries and Mangoes... Vida x

vida said...

Thanks for visiting me!! Your blog is interesting. My fav fruits are Watermelon, Cherries, Raspberries, Strawberries and Mangoes... Vida x

Tammy said...

I've never seen anything like tat before. It's really cool looking though.

NeoAuteur said...

Does it taste like rambutan? Rambutan is one of my favorite fruits.

Serena said...

I do wonder why pulasan is not as popular. It is sweeter and bigger, hence more flesh. I don't see it around as much as the rambutan too.

Serena
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Kim said...

I've never seen this fruit before Fruity......
sounds very exotic....and most unusual with the edible seed
like your description...
"crew-cut, punky fruit" :D

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

I'll remember Pulasan as the fruit with the hula skirt. :D

Hugs, JJ

Cakespy said...

Whoa! So surprisingly smooth and egglike inside of that shell! I had never heard of it before.

RennyBA said...

I think I've eaten it as it looks like a fruit we've had from a Chinese friend of ours and she called it Lechi. It tasted kind of sweet and soft.

Sue said...

Hi Fruitie,

What's going on?

A Pulasan is different from a litchi? I can't remember what the outside of litchi looks like, but the fruit in your picture looks exactly like a litchi.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Fruity....Looks very interesting dear...Nicely captured and equally well described :-))

and dear Please don't mind If I don't comment the next few months as I would terribly busy with my academic work......Hope u understand dear....I will be back in no time :-)

Fruit species said...

Thanks for all your comments. As for lychee and pulasan, it is a different fruit but related in the same family. Both are red in color but lychee does not have the short stud protruding out from the skin and lychee is only half the size of pulasan. You can never find pulasan in the States, unless in those exotic backyard gardens.

And to Sirisha, You take good care and concentrate on your studies

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JANET said...

This one looks kind of strange! I really didn't know there were so many different fruits...never seen this one before in Winn-Dixie!

RennyBA said...

Okay, so I'm here just to wish you a great end to your week :-)

fantaghiro said...

im from malaysia...i love pulasan so much...my granma has an orchard where she plants some pulasan trees..if u want to eat pulasan u have to open the skin by twisting the fruit skin.

Vincyman said...

I live in Tampa, central Florida. We have a tropical fruit association and , here's our link, www.rarefruit.org. It appears that both the Pulasan and Rambutan are "ultra tropical", needing very humid environments. Too bad, I would love to have a tree in my yard here or have a plant shipped to my home island, St. Vincent, West Indies in the Caribbbean and have some of the fruit when I go "home" on vacation. Let me know if you know how I can get hold of a plant. I have a Lychee (Litchi) tree and it grows very well here in central Florida. My most favorite fruits are all tropical, mango(most varieties), Sugar Apple, Yellow Plum(Yellow Mombin), Golden Apple(Ambarella)and Plumrose(Malay Apple), however, I do like many more.

Fruit species said...

Thanks to all of you for dropping by. It's great to know there are so many people in Tampa like rare fruits.

Anonymous said...

very informative about pulasan. I have problem with the pulasan tree. 3 years after planting the plant start fruiting with are full set of fruit(well developed fruit)but the 2nd time fruiting the fruit is not well develop(flat sheep)no flesh(airl) and no seed. Can you tell me what is the problem.

Anonymous said...

what temp. is it tolerant to ? thanks (where to get them? )

Anonymous said...

pulaasan it tolerant to what temp?

Anonymous said...

what date is fruit ripe "pulasan

Anonymous said...

time of year in season???

Anonymous said...

is there anyone here?>

suman said...

Its simply a stylish ,beautiful fruit. mind blowing taste!

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Usrah Agro Farm said...
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Usrah Agro Farm said...

salam, great info and thanks for sharing, check out this picture... bird's nest on top of pulasan fruit... found this at my farm, muar, johor.

Bird's Nest on Top of Pulasan

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Hemaramya said...

i am from India . I love pulasan so much ..........................................................................................................

Andrew said...

I always liked the Pulasan but the edible seed was news to me!
Excellent! It actually beats most almonds in taste and certainly freshness in the tropics
Cheers, Andrew