Unique for its appearance and flavor, mangosteen is often revered as
"the queen" of tropical fruits, particularly in the South-East Asian
This exotic, round, purple color fruit is quite popular for its
snow-white, juicy, delicious arils all over the Asian countries, and
in recent years by the European and American fruit lovers as well!
Botanically, it is the fruit belonging to the family of Clusiaceae, in
the genus: Garcinia.
Scientific name: Garcinia mangostana.
Known as "Mangkhud" in Thai, Thailand is the largest producer and
exporter of mangosteens.
Where does the Mangosteen grow?
It is commonly found in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia,
Thailand and Philippines as well as in some cultivated orchards in Sri
Lanka, and India, where annual precipitation and relative humidity are
favorable for its growth.
When are Mangosteens available in the markets?
Each tree bears several deep purple, round shaped fruits capped with
light green calyx at the stem end.
Completely matured fruit measures about 3-7 cm in diameter.
Fresh purple fruits can be available in the markets from June
Its outer tough rind is about 7-12 mm thick which contains bitter
yellow latex that stains clothes black.
Internally; the fruit features 4 to 10 juicy, snow-white, soft,
fleshy, triangular segments as in oranges.
Each segment may carry 1-4 off-white colored seeds. Seeds are inedible
and bitter in taste.
The flavor of the fruit can be described as sweet, mildy tangy,
fragrant, and delicious.
What is the Mangosteen good for?Strengthens the immune system
Protects cardiovascular health
Treats type II diabetes
It helps to lose weight
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