Bumper crop fuels rambutan price drop

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A bumper rambutan crop has pushed prices to dramatic lows, prompting big sales to bargain-hungry fruit lovers.

At the Naklua market, a kilogram of the red fruit can be had for just 15 baht and two kilograms for as little as 25 baht. Buyers obviously are happy but even vendors don’t seem upset as they’re making up losses on volume.

Rambutan growing season is in full swing and consumers are responding by buying them up for gift baskets, desserts or just eating raw.

Rambutan vendor Thew Janthakhram says he’s doing well enough that he’ll even give away extra fruit with big purchases. Rambutan vendor Thew Janthakhram says he’s doing well enough that he’ll even give away extra fruit with big purchases.

Vendor Thew Janthakhram, 35, said he nets about 20,000 baht per month selling the fruit. His buying price at Supatra Land Park in Rayong has been dropping, so he’s doing well enough that he’ll even give away extra fruit with big purchases.