If you happen upon this fruit, be sure and taste it.
Called the “Queen of Fruits,” a mangosteen is juicy, tangy and sweet. The rind is purple in color when ripe while the inside is white. The taste has been described as a combination of tart lychee, pineapple and rose. A mangosteen is a fruit from Southeast Asia (Thailand), South America, India or Puerto Rico that you might see in upscale U.S. produce markets or in Asian markets.
I say "might" as not many mangosteens have historically been imported into the states. The reason for this was the possible infestation of the Asian fruit fly. Howeverm in 2007 all that changed when mangosteens, which sell for up to $45 per pound, or $10 each, were allowed into the U.S.
Not related to the mango, the mangosteen is seasonally fresh for only six to ten weeks in hot weather months, including July and August.
I tasted my first mangosteen many years ago in a Paris bistro named L’Ami Louis (The Friend Louis). It was one of the few dessert offerings at this steak house. A new world opened up to me. Eating a fruit I had never tasted was new news to this foodie.
Although mangosteens are usually eaten fresh as a dessert, as I did in Paris, they are also mixed into fruit salads, blended into smoothies or made into mangosteen parfaits.
The following cookbook, by Julia Cruise, includes recipes using mangosteens and is available in a Kindle edition:The Superfood Dessert Cookbook: 51 Delicious Dessert Recipes With Healthy Superfoods Like Acai, Goji, Mangosteen and Dragonfruit.
There is also a ready-to-drink beverage line from Veema Nutrition Company, whose acronym stands for Vitamins, Essential Minerals, Mangosteen and Aloe. It seems the mangosteen is one of the new trendy "superfoods" of 2014. Veema’s line includes healthy energy drinks, shakes and they even have a nutritional 2 oz. beverage for children ages 2-12 years old.
Here is a Mangosteen recipe you can use to try out the delicious and unique fruit!
Mangosteen Parfait Recipe
- Yogurt - non-fat plain
- Tropical fruit including mangosteen, pineapple, kiwi and lychees, sliced
- Walnuts, chopped
Depending on the size of your parfait glass, layer the ingredients in this order: yogurt, granola, fresh fruits and chopped nuts.
Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.
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