Rambutan by aftab.
It’s rambutan season, if you hadn’t noticed the verdant, testicular piles alongside every road in Colombo. I recently ate like 15 in one sitting and they’re good, but I find the whole opening thing somewhat tedious. It’s like, you want one but you don’t want to open one, and at some point the desire and revulsion curves meet and you stop eating. If someone was peeling rambutan for me I guess I’d eat a lot more.
When I last bought it was 5 fruits for 20 Rupees, so 20 for a hundred. According to Wanni those prices are going down to 30 for a hundred, due to abundant demand. He’s got some interesting observations, including the story of a rambutan seller.
I met this guy Sujith Priyashantha (23) at Pelawatta, Battaramulla today. He is married and no children yet. He lives at his parents’ house in Horana. He buys his rambutans from Ingiriya, not from Malwana as all the other sellers say. He does his business with the help of a three wheeler owner during the season. They buy a fruit for 2.50 LKR from the gardens and sell at 4 LKR with a profit margin of 1.50 LKR from a fruit. Sujith makes around 700-800 a day during the rambutan season. During the off-season he drives a three wheeler and does some odd jobs. (Rambutan Season)
If you’re wondering what to do with all the rambutan, Ankie has an interesting recipe for a rambutan and lime cocktail. There you go, two links in one day.