a tree with the scientific name Nephelium lappaceum

the oval fruit of this tree

Picture of Rambutan

As you can see in the picture. the rambutan fruit is covered with spines. But these spines are pliable and soft to touch. The Philippine variety of rambutan has a thicker skin and is slightly rounder than the ones in the photograph.

Foreigners say the flesh reminds them of the lychee fruit, but the taste is not as sweet.