#44 Eat a Mangosteen

Saturday March 9, 2013


Have you ever heard of a mangosteen?  Being a lover of all things fruit, this item made it to my great adventures list as something I just had to try.  I had heard that it was the best fruit in the entire world, and it was super expensive and rare in the United States.  This fruit comes from a tropical evergreen tree mostly found in Southeast Asia and in some South American countries.  I hadn’t “googled” the fruit in awhile, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect it to look like or taste like when my husband brought a bunch home for us to eat on Saturday.  He had been out exploring in Chinatown after his class, and stumbled across this rare fruit at a decent price (although still not cheap!)  I think $8 a pound.  When mangosteens first arrived in the US, they were sold for $43 a pound!  So I’m thinking relatively here.  Of course I had to photograph the little buggers, which kind of look like acorns from the outside.  The edible inside part tasted sweet and tangy, juicy, and fibrous.  The flavors were a bit like a type of small orange, and nothing like a mango.  There wasn’t much meat on the fruit, and although it was indeed tasty, there is no way I am claiming this as the best fruit in the world.  That being said, I am excited that I was able to try such a rare find in the U.S.  I would definitely eat it again, although maybe next time I would wait to travel to Southeast Asia instead of paying $8 a pound.





Have you ever tried a mangosteen?  If so, what did you think?

Hope everyone is having a good week so far.



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3 thoughts on “#44 Eat a Mangosteen

  1. I didn’t know this was on your list. Mangosteen’s are really, really refreshing when you are dying of heat! When backpacking in SE Asia they were a great treat after a long hike to help quench my thirst. Also because of the hard casing you can just throw them in your bag.

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