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Known as the " queen of fruit ", the mangosteen fruit has been around for thousands of years. The fruit of the evergreen tree, there are over 800 varieties of various sizes and shapes. They are usually a reddish dark purple color and smooth and round in shape. The rind is a plum color and is approx 1/4" to 1/3" thick. The white part in the center, you see in the picture above, is the flesh, which usually has 4-8 segments of soft juicy flesh.

The trees stand 20-80 feet in height. The bark is very dark brown, sometimes black on the outside. It is yellow colored on the inside and is kind of a gummy consistency. The leaves are greenish yellow on the bottom and dark green and leathery on the top.

It is said to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas. It is said that the first tree may have been domesticated in Thailand, or Burma. There were almost 10,000 acres in 1965. The mangosteen was introduced into Trinidad from the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, England, between 1850 and 1860 and the first fruit was borne in 1875. There were fruiting trees in greenhouses in England in 1855. It reached the Panama Canal Zone and Puerto Rico in 1903 but there are only a few trees in these areas, in Jamaica, Dominica and Cuba, and some scattered around other parts of the West Indies.

The mangosteen is an ultra tropical tree and must be grown in temperatures preferable between 60 and 80 degrees, but can take 50-90 degrees in extremes. It must grow in a humid climate receiving 50 inches of rain a year with no long draught periods.

Like most, the mangosteen fruit ripens in the summer months, earlier in low altitudes and later in higher altitudes.

You probably will not find it in your local grocery store in the US due to certain import restrictions, and because it is difficult to grow here in North America. If you do happen to find it in your country, choose the fruit with the highest number of stigma lobes at the apex. Pick one like you do most other fruit. Ripe mangosteen fruit will keep well in your fridge for at least a few weeks, but the sooner you eat it, the better it will probably taste.

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