Harvesting Rambutans

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

Around the 13th to 15th centuries, Arab traders played a major role in Indian Ocean trade and introduced rambutan to East Africa. In the 19th century, the Dutch introduced it to South America and the plant spread to tropical Americas. In 1912, rambutan was brought to the Philippines from Indonesia. The species proved to be successful in North America.
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