Lychee vs. Rambutan

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Lychee and Rambutan is that the Lychee is a species of plant and Rambutan is a species of plant, Rambutan.

  • Lychee

    Lychee (variously spelled litchi, liechee, liche, lizhi or li zhi, or lichee) (Litchi chinensis; Chinese: 荔枝; pinyin: lìzhī) is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae.

    It is a tropical tree native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China, where cultivation is documented from 1059 AD. China is the main producer of lychees, followed by India, other countries in Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and South Africa.

    A tall evergreen tree, the lychee bears small fleshy fruits. The outside of the fruit is pink-red, roughly textured and inedible, covering sweet flesh eaten in many different dessert dishes. Since the perfume-like flavour is lost in the process of canning, the fruit is usually eaten fresh.

    Lychee contains many phytochemicals. The seeds have been found to contain methylenecyclopropylglycine which can cause hypoglycemia, while outbreaks of encephalopathy in Indian and Vietnamese children have also been linked to its consumption.

  • Rambutan

    The rambutan (, taxonomic name: Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae. The name also refers to the edible fruit produced by this tree. The rambutan is native to the Malay-Indonesian region, and other regions of tropical Southeast Asia. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the lychee, longan, and mamoncillo.

  • Lychee (noun)

    The Chinese tropical fruit tree Litchi chinensis, of the soapberry family.

  • Lychee (noun)

    That tree’s bright red oval fruit with a single stone surrounded by a fleshy white aril.

  • Rambutan (noun)

    A tree, Nephelium lappaceum, of Southeast Asia.

  • Rambutan (noun)

    The fruit of this tree.


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