Cooking with Alison

My Absolute Favourite Fruit: Mangosteen

In Appetizers, Hors D'oeuvres, Snacks, Asian, Breakfast, Desserts, How-To on May 22, 2014 at am

I love almost all fruit, and mangosteen is, by far, my favourite.  If you haven’t tried purple mangosteen yet, I highly recommend that you do as soon as the opportunity presents itself.  When I was in Malaysia, I ate an entire bag and every day that I’ve been back, I regret not eating more.  That was a year ago!!!  Mangosteen are grown mainly in Southeast Asia and the best ones that I’ve ever had were from Malaysia. Disappointingly, in North America, mangosteen can be quite expensive and often not very fresh.  So be sure to choose ones with a fresh and green coloured stem, because there are such things as bad and so-so mangosteen.

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The purple fruit shown in the middle are the mangosteen

The purple outer shell is inedible.  To open a mangosteen, crush the purple shell between the palms of your hands and then pull it apart to open it.  But be very careful not to stain your clothes, because the purple dye is almost impossible to wash out.  In fact, many hotels in Southeast Asia ban their guests from bringing mangosteen into their rooms.  The white flesh on the inside of the fruit is soft, moist, juicy and refreshing and light tasting.  Also, there are large seeds within each lobe of the white flesh.

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If you get the chance to try a mangosteen, let me know what you think!

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  1. I love mangosteens too. When I went to Hawaii and Canada,we bought so much of them because they were fresh and cheap, but it’s relatively expensive in California and frozen. I love exotic fruits. Have you tried rambutan? Those are a favorite too =)

    • Hi Andrea,

      So nice of you to write 🙂 Wow, if you think mangosteen are cheap in Canada, then they Must be VERY expensive in California!!! I tried rambutan in Malaysia too 🙂 I liked it more than longan fruit, but not as much as lychee. I’m curious to know if you’ve tried and like durian?

      Alison

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