MANGOSTEEN

Mangosteens are the size of a small clementine or satsuma, with a thick, leathery, purple-brown skin. Four stiff, curved leaves with a central stalk make up the calyx. Inside are translucent white segments in the centre of which are two inedible stones. The soft juicy flesh has an exquisitely sweet and fragrant flavour with a lively touch of acidity. Many say it is the most delicious fruit in the world.

The mangosteen originated in Malaysia.

MANGOSTEEN are classed as a fruit.

Tips

The sweet flesh of a mangosteen is delicious when eaten alone or added to fruit salads and desserts. The flavour is too delicate to mask with cream or syrup.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 66 kcal, 264 kJ protein 0.83g carbohydrate 16.53g fat 0g.

Preparation

To open the fruit, score the circumference of the skin with a sharp knife, lightly pull and twist the two halves apart to expose the bold white segments.

Storage

Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Choosing

Look for firm, unblemished fruit, with healthy-looking leaves.

Fun Fact

The mangosteen tree starts bearing fruit after 10 to 15 years. Mangosteens are the favourite food of Orang-Utans. They are sometimes referred to as the Queen of Fruits.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Thailand