Unique for its appearance and flavor, mangosteen is often revered as “the Queen” of tropical fruits, particularly in the South-East Asian regions. Botanically, it is the fruit belonging to the family of Clusiaceae, of the genus: Garcinia. Scientific name: Garcinia mangostana. It commonly found in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines as well as in some cultivated orchards in Sri Lanka, and India.
Delicious and juicy, mangosteen is a popular tropical fruit comprising of an impressive list of essential nutrients which required for normal growth and development and overall nutritional well-being. It is moderately low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber. Mangosteen is good source of vitamin-C which is powerful water-soluble antioxidant. Fresh fruit is a mild source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and folates acting as cofactors that help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. it also contains a splendid amount of minerals like copper, manganese, and magnesium.
Mangosteens can be available fresh during summer months. Fresh fruit has a thick, soft rind, quite like in pomegranate but thicker in size. Fresh mangosteens are wonderfully delicious. Enjoy this exotic juicy fruit all alone without any additions.The fruit segments complement well with other fruit sections like papaya, watermelon, pineapple, grapes, etc. Mangosteen juice is refreshing thirst-quenching cool drink to beat the summer heat.
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– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.