Sunday, February 17, 2013


My friend, Cathy saw these bunches of this fruit on the table and asked if we were interested in eating it. She said it is one of her favorite fruits!
Do you recognize this purple fruit?

Well, some may immediately recognize it as the mangosteen! But others may not have seen it ever. 

Funny that its name has the Mango- prefix, where in fact, Mango is in no way related to the Mangosteen fruit!

For those not so familiar with this fruit, I would just like to share some things about it...

Here is what I gathered from Wikipedia...

The purple mangosteen(Garcinia mangostana), colloquially known simply as mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia.
The tree grows from 6 to 25 m (20–82 ft) tall.[1] The fruit of the mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, and somewhat fibrous, with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind (exocarp) when ripe. In each fruit, the fragrant edible flesh that surrounds each seed is botanicallyendocarp, i.e., the inner layer of the ovary.[2][3]

The edible endocarp of the mangosteen is botanically defined as an aril with the same shape and size as a tangerine 4–6 centimetres in diameter, but is white. The circle of wedge-shaped arils contains 4–8, rarely 9.

Mangosteen peel contains xanthonoids, such as mangostin, and other phytochemicals having antioxidant properties in vitro.
note the thick exocarp with the aril within
Wikipedia: The 
aril is the white part of the fruit containing a mild flavor that makes the fruit popular for eating; when analyzed specifically for its nutrient content, the mangosteen aril is absent of important nutrient content 

Wikipedia: On the bottom of the exocarp, raised ridges (remnants of the stigma), arranged like spokes of a wheel, correspond to the number of aril sections.

And this was taken in a fruit stall in Bangkok where we have varied colors of mangosteen and the "leaf-like" toppings look so thick.
And if the Mangosteen fruit is in anyway familiar to you, it is because of the now famous MX3, which by the way, I am not endorsing!

Also BE WARY! of the Mangosteen seeds. I personally know of two people who swallowed the seeds and ended up operated for Intestinal Obstruction!
Also beware of Santol seeds who has its own set of victims for operation!
What do you think of Lanzones seeds...aren't they of the same size?

By the way, why do people swallow the seeds in the first place?


  1. We rarely eat this fruit coz it's quite costly but the meat is really sweet and juicy!

  2. Hmmm... I think I've tasted one of these like rewind 10 years back. It's been a long time.

  3. I love mangosteen! There are lots of it here in Davao. We used to eat them after lunch back in college!

  4. honestly, I haven't tried Mangosteen yet.. hopefully i can soon..:-)


  5. i have always been very curious about how mangosteen tastes like. wanna try!

  6. I have seen this several times but I have not actually eaten mangosteen yet. Maybe I'll try, when I have the chance again.

  7. My first time to eat mangosteen happened in Cambodia. Mangosteen frits are very abundant here and way cheaper compared to Philippines. I love it's taste a lot making me believe that this is one of the most delicious fruit I ever tasted. :)

  8. Love the fruits but yes the seeds are deadly. This is why I don't let my kids eat such fruit with nasty seeds that when swallowed can end up with a bad tummy.

  9. i am fond of mangosteen when they're available. i heard they're very affordable in davao