Rambutan and the rise in temperature

Why should we care about this tropical fruit? Will there be any consequences if this fruit disappears?

Rambutan: A fruit that may disappear



Effects of a rising temperature

If temperatures continue to rise, rambutan may cease to grow. Rambutan is grown in tropical climates of 72° F to 86° F. However, this fruit is very sensitive to temperatures below 50° F. If global temperatures were to either increase or decrease in the upcoming century, rambutan may negatively be affected and will not meet the conditions to grow.

Another important thing to note is that rambutan trees in the wet zone require “3-4 weeks of dry spell during February for flower development and primordial initiation” Climatenet. However, due to the changing climate patterns, occurances of rain during February have deprived the development process of rambutan which causes the loss of flowering in late March.


Why We Should Care

Not only is rambutan a delicious fruit to consume; it is a pivotal fruit of tropical Asian countries where it is grown and harvested for commercial distribution. If it were to disappear, people would lose a way of life in cultivating and selling this fruit. Fortunately, there is still time to react and take preemptive measures that will ensure the continual survival of rambutan. Global climate change is a necessary topic which must be addressed and altered if we are to preserve the rambutan fruit.