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Rambutan is a gift we got from Malayasia. We Sri Lankans can only get Rambutan during the season – from June to August. Usually Rambutan is grown in the Wet Zone. The main districts are Gampaha, Colombo, Ratnapura, Kandy and Kegalle. In Badulla and Moneragala districts, the season is different. There, the harvest can be obtained in January and February.
There is a great demand in Rambutan from all these areas as it is harvested in a different period and brought to markets. In the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, it is somewhat difficult to grow Rambutan due to the high temperature.
Mini mountains of bright red and gold lining the streets of Colombo means only one thing: the Rambutan season is here, once again. The much loved fruit makes its presence once a year and is a favourite among young and old.
The Rambutan belt, which begins around Biyagama, extends all the way to Hanwella, but the King of Rambutan country is Malwana, about 15 km northeast of Colombo along the Kelani river. Rambutan trees laden with fruit fill the gardens of Malwana. Some belong to farmers who own acres and acres of fruit laden trees, some are parts of the gardens of Malwana’s residents.
The Rambutan is rich in vitamins A, B and C. and also contains iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Rambutans are also a good source of the natural sugars sucrose and fructose and low in fat.
Rambutan curry, Rambutan Juice, Rambutan mojito are some of the delights that can be made from Rambutan.
During Rambutan season, you can find Rambutan being served in all hotels and restaurants in Colombo as it is much-loved by all Sri Lankans and is a must-try delicacy for all tourists.