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Mangosteen

Mangosteen is a tropical, round, dark purple fruit that is primarily grown in hot, humid climates of southeast Asia. A mangosteen is slightly smaller than a tennis ball. Mangosteen is not related to mango.

How to eat mangosteen

You can crush the brittle mangosteen rind with your palms to reveal the pure-white flesh inside. You can also firmly twist the mangosteen rind until it opens. The bitter mangosteen rind is not edible. The inside of the mangosteen is composed of wedged segments. The largest wedge will probably contain a seed. The number of segments usually varies from 4 to 8. The number of segments inside the mangosteen is equal to the number of points on the protrusion from the underside of the fruit.

What does a mangosteen taste like?

Mangosteen is very sweet. It has been described as tasting like strawberry, peach, and vanilla ice cream. A mangosteen should be eaten as soon as it has been opened.

Popularity of mangosteen and mangosteen juice

Mangosteen and mangosteen juice was practically unknown in North America until a Utah-based network marketing company introduced a mangosteen drink called XanGo. Xango was introduced to the American consumers in late 2002.

XanGo is sold around the world through a network of independent distributors.

Is mangosteen juice a miracle drug?

Several people praise mangosteen juice for it's miracle medicinal properties. However, currently there are no clinical trials showing that oral mangosteen extracts have any benefit in humans. What happens in a test tube may not occur when mangosteen is taken orally.

Mangosteen juice is fairly expensive. A 25-ounce bottle of mangosteen juice costs anywhere from $25 to $37.

Mangosteen Trees

The mangosteen tree is a tropical, small, evergreen tree. Experts believe it originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas. The tree grows from 7 to 25 meters tall. The mangosteen fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe. In Asia, the mangosteen fruit is known as the "Queen of Fruits".

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