Harvesting Rambutans

Red, tentacled rambutans are a huge part of Australia’s agricultural industry.

Sweet and fragrant, these hairy oddities were introduced to Australia’s sugar growers in the early 1980’s as an alternative to the dwindling cane fields. Two class 5 cyclones in 2006 and 2011 nearly killed the budding industry, but rambutans are making a comeback and are now a common sight in Australian grocery stores.
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