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 Longan, Longan, Lychee, Rambutan.
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