Red Rambutan in Panama

Rambutan is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Spindaceae.  The fruit produced by the tree is also known as rambutan.  According to popular belief, rambutan is native to Indonesia and Malaysia.

In Panama and Costa Rica, it is known as “mamón chino” (Chinese Mamon), due to its Asian origin.  In Vietnam, it is called chôm chôm, meaning “messy hair”, due to its spines covering the fruit’s skin.

Below are a couple of pictures of this delicious Asian fruit carried by José Luis at his shabby stand in Tumba Muerto.  More tropical products will be exhibited during the upcoming days.  Here we go.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.



3 thoughts on “Red Rambutan in Panama”

  1. I love the name, “messy hair.” How appropriate! I was looking at some recipes, and learned that the Malay word “rambut” means “hair”. A friend is trying to find a really unusual name for her new long-haired cat. Maybe I’ll suggest Rambutan!

  2. This is the blog post I mentioned yesterday about those peculiar red things inside the plastic boxes. Now you know the rest of the story.

    I agree, Rambutan would be an appropriate name for your friend’s cat. Every day we learn something new. Don’t we?

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