Since I’ve received fairly good responses for the durian post, I expect an even better response for the Mangosteen (my all time favorite fruit). Yes, Mangosteen. And no, it looks nothing like a mango, neither does it smell like or taste like it! If you don’t know what it is and how delicious it is, then read along. If you do, still read my ramblings on why Asians love the Mangosteen and feel free to add more reasons and tell us your story about this God-sent wonder. ie. Have you ever tasted it? What do you think?
It all started on a sunny day in 1793, Asians from back-in-the-days were walking around along a bright green path. A few weeks ago, they had just discovered a spiky and good-smellin’ fruit that they had decided to name “King of the Fruit Jungle” aka Durian. Now they were hunting for a worthy mate to hail as the “Queen of the Fruit Jungle.” Looking here and there, they were very eager to find a worthy and even tastier match for King Durian. Lo and behold, an old and stubby man yelled, “What’s that purple tiny thing hidden among those leaves over there?”
They observed it on all sides. It was dark purple with canopy-like bundled leaves at the top. The stubby, old man turned the odd-yet-cute looking fruit upside down and wrapped his hands equally on both sides and placed pressure towards the top while opening the fruit with the other fingers at the bottom. Wow, the inside was actually white with six segments. As he took the first bite, his eyes started to light up from tasting the sweet and tangy treat. He had never tasted any fruit as delicious as this purple thing. He slowly closed his eyes and breathed his last because discovering the best tasting fruit in the world was his last wish in life. From then on, Queen Mangosteen was named after the old man who turned out to be a fruit god. People in the village revered this fruit and on special occasions, they would eat it.
Story by Kvietgrl,
Dedicated to her favorite fruit, the Mangosteen.
Enough story-telling, the mangosteen is seasonal and is mainly grown in southeast Asia. There was an import ban in the US that ended in 2007, so now the fruit can be sold in the states but still for a very high price (usually $45 per lb). Asians love the Mangosteen because it is tangy, sweet, and firm when you bite it. You’ll have to try it for yourself. Mangosteens have also been a hot item for health drinks in the US because it contains antioxidants and xanthones. One thing not made up in my story, the Mangosteen, is actually known by Asians to be the Queen of all fruits alongside the Durian as the King (also the yin to the durian’s yang).
Watch the Art of Opening the Mangosteen
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