Before I lived in Singapore, this word did not exist in my vocabulary, but now, I can't live without it! Mangosteens are popular tropical fruits which are cultivated in Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Thailand.
Mangosteens are referred to as the "Queen of Fruits" because they are one of the best tasting tropical fruits, and have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. For example, they have been used to treat wounds, skin treatments (eczema), arthritis, and to help fight against flu-like infections (with their good source of Vitamin C).
Nutritionally, like most fruits, mangosteens are low in calories, provide a good source of fibre, and contain no cholesterol or bad fats (saturated and trans fats).
The mangosteen fruit reminds me of a watered-down lychee fruit. When opened, similar to the clementine orange, mangosteens have pre-sectioned slices. The juicy edible white pulp is slightly acidic, but manages to leave a sweet aftertaste after each bite, similar to apple juice. The texture is similar to that of a ripe mango; slimely and moist. It's like the bar of soap in the shower that when held too tightly, will jump right out of your hands!
With a thick dark purple crust, it's not easy to get to the juicy white edible pulp inside. View my video below to learn how to open a mangosteen. Give them a try!