Mangosteen , Maldives
Mangosteen also known as mangoustan is considered by many to be the best of the exotic fruits. As large as an apricot , with a thick purplish / brown skin, it contains a white and velvety pulp divided into segments, with a sweet and delicate flavour.
Description of the plant The mangosteen tree (Garcinia mangostana) is a tropical evergreen capable of reaching twenty meters in height. The fruit is dark purple when ripe, spherical and with a woody exocarp.The pulp inside is divided into very delicate, buttery white segments, with a fresh, watery, aromatic flavour, reminiscent of the rose. Within them you can find the seeds.
To taste it, just cut the cap with a small knife, and peel it delicately, taking the pulp (paying attention to the central seed).
Mangosteen gives a unique taste to your sweet recipes. Try it paired with lemon ice cream!
Mangosteen is known as “the queen of fruits”. This is due to a legend according to which Queen Victoria, hearing the praises of her taste, gave away a fair sum for those who were able to make her taste a fresh mangosteen fruit from one of her colonies. In this way the “queen fruit” then became “the queen of fruit”. Recently, mangosteen-based products have been placed on the market in various countries that exaggerate its healing qualities, leading to misleading advertising.
Mangosteen can be used as fruit at the end of a meal. Also as a base for smoothies, sorbets or desserts.
Its taste will win you over and I’m sure it will also unlock your creativity in the kitchen.