Wednesday, March 16, 2011

No Such Thing as Singapore Lychees...

Look carefully at the pictures above...
These fruits are called Rambutans.
Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), a tropical fruit native to the Malayan archipelago belongs to the family Sapindaceae. The word rambutan is derived from the Malay word rambut meaning "hair", a reference to the numerous hairy protuberances of the fruit. The hairy fruit, often red but sometimes yellow, when peeled open, reveals a sweet, white flesh, clinging to a woody seed. Singapore is the largest importer of rambutans worldwide.

Now, look at these pictures..
These are called lychees.
The lychee is native to low elevations of the provinces of Kwangtung and Fukien in Southern China. Cultivation spread over the years through neighboring areas of southeastern Asia and offshore islands. It reached Hawaii in 1873, and Florida in 1883, and was conveyed from Florida to California in 1897.
Lychees require seasonal temperature variations for best flowering and fruiting, Warm, humid summers are best for flowering and fruit development, and a certain amount of winter chilling is necessary for flower bud development. Most varieties need between 100 and 200 hours of standard chilling (32° - 45° F). Cool winters with low rainfall are ideal for lychees. The trees become more hardy as they age. Mature trees have survived temperatures as low as 25° F when fully hardened off. Young trees may be killed by a light frost. Lychees can be successfully grown in frost-free coastal areas of California. There are trees in San Diego, California that are over 90 years old with no sign of decline in sight. It first fruited in Santa Barbara in 1914. They can be grown for a short period in a large container. 

Now, you can see the vast difference between the two fruits.
But when the fruits are canned in syrups, people couldn't see the difference:
It's okey if the fruits are canned as it is. Rambutans as rambutans, lychees as lychees.
But if it's canned as Singapore Lychees?

Ladies and gentlemen....  There is NO such fruit as Singapore Lychee. It does NOT exist...
A run through the internet at several websites:

What's the different between singapore lychee and malaysia rambutan?

1.   The difference is the same between Alaskan durians and Malaysian rambutans. One doesn't exist and thus cannot be compared with the other.
2.   I don't think that there is a such thing as singapore lychees as most of the lychees sold in singapore are imported from neighboring countries.However Malaysian rambutans are readily available around the year in Malaysia.Check it out whenever your'e in town.
3.   Rambutan is Bigger than Lychee,that means Rambutan is Elder Brother and Lychee is Younger Brother.
Ha ha ha... I never knew Singapore actually have got a place to grow lychee....
Tell me where, I will make a trip there.
4.   one hairy the other one not~
5.   hi, I have not heard of Singapore lychee, what is it?
6.   Based on your question, I think you refer to a type of fruit that look like rambutan. It is call (pu-toh-san)
It is similar to rambutan, but the skin and hair is thicker, and spicky. The fruit is harder, not so juicy, but also sweet.
7.   They are two entirely different kinds of fruit dude.
and i dont think Singapore grows any lychee.. ... ...
8.   Lychee actually comes from mostly China and Taiwan. Rambutans are local fruits grown in the South East Asian region of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. If Singapore had any extra land, they would grow well there too.
9.   They are 2 separate types of fruits my friend.
10. The Singaporeans don’t actually grow rambutans. They are imported from Malaysia and repacked and re-exported from Singapore and apparently re-branded as Singapore Lychees.  Singapore are always creative. …

Now you can see what the public says about those two fruits... or three fruits.  Sometimes, I just could not believe what I read....
And I think, it's my job to enlighten the dark...

Have a nice day....

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