Have you heard of the fruit mangosteen? I hadn’t until I was recently told about it.
I thought: Who in the world would buy that? What is mangosteen? I didn’t have the slightest idea what it looked like.
Upon further research, the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is a tropical evergreen tree, believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas. The tree grows from 7 to 25 meters tall. The edible fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe. In Asia, the mangosteen fruit is known as the “Queen of Fruits,” while the durian (Durio spp.) is known as the “King of Fruits.” It is closely related to other edible tropical fruits such as button mangosteen and lemon drop mangosteen.
The outer shell of the fruit is rather hard, typically 4-6 cm in diameter. Cutting through the shell, one finds a white, fleshy fruit 3-5 cm in diameter. Depending on the size and ripeness, there may or may not be pits in the segments of the fruit. The number of fruit pods is directly related to the number of petals on the bottom of the shell. On average a mangosteen has 5 fruits (round up figure).
I have eaten a lot of exotic fruits in my life, including the King Of Fruits – durian, but I have never seen or tasted this Queen of Fruits. I have learnt that this great fruit has the following benefits:
Protects the heart muscle
Viral fighters and prevention of infections
Anti-Parkinson, anti-Alzheimer and other forms of dementia
Prevents and arrest fungus
Prevents bacterial infections
Prevents hardening of the arteries
Prevents gum disease
Eye care-prevents glaucoma and cataracts
Pansystemic – a synergistic effect on the whole body
Energy boosters – anti-fatigue
Weight loss (wooo, I’ll drink to this!)
Lowers blood fat (what the heck, I didn’t know there is fat in our blood!)
Cancer: Mangosteen helps in the prevention of cancer with its powerful antioxidants.
Lowers blood pressure
Numerous references to “Immunostimulants”
Blood sugar lowering
It tastes good