Dec 4, 2009

Mangosteen the "Queen of Fruits".

The fruit usually described as sweet and tangy, Citrusy with peach flavour and texture.

Mangosteen is among one of my favourite the local fruits. When I was young, I always joined a group of friends climbing the mangosteen tree. It not only the marvelous taste of the fruit we enjoy but what matter most us was the joy and trill of leaping between branches. It is quite safe as the branches are tough and won't break easily. It is also the training ground for us to enhanced our tree climbing skill. I never know that the mangosteen has such a great medicinal value until I intended to post this entry and do some search.

The Purple Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), colloquially known simply as "the mangosteen", is a tropical evergreen tree, believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The latin name for the mangosteen is Garcinia mangostana L. and the genus Garcinia is an honor bestowed upon Laurent Garcin by Linnaeus for his work as a botanist and naturalist in the 18th century( Other source ( stated that Laurentiers Garcin (1673-1751)is a French priest and explorer. The tree grows from 7 to 25 m (20–80 ft) tall. The mangosteen is composed of the rind (exocarp), pulp(fruit) and seeds.
It is believed that the Queen of England was so delighted by the mangosteen's unique taste and exquisite flavour that she named it "Queen of Fruits".

This fruits are gaining popularity in the local market. We can easily found it in Pasar Tamu or sentral market(Sibu).

A basket full of mangosteen fruit.

Recently I have the opportunity to climb and pluck the mangosteen fruit. It won't take me long to fill up this basket. (our tradition basket made from rattan and has been exist for centuries).

Mangosteen tree.

This is a young mangosteen tree, starting bear fruit for the past few years only. The life span for the mangosteen could easily reach 100 years. Probably my third generation wil still be able to eat the fruit from this tree unless somehow someone chop it down for some unknown reason.

This is the branches of the mangosteen tree. It protrude horizontally from the tree trunk. Thus it position itself vertically with the ground.

There are numerous scientific research has been conducted on the mangosteen with the majority of it focus on the biological ingredients, the xanthones. Xanthones are active and natural substances rerely found in fruits and vegetables and are extremely powerful antioxidants. Scientists have identified 200 diferent variety of xanthones and remarkable, 40 is found in mangosteen.

Mangosteen is typically advertised and marketed as part of an emerging category of novel functional foods sometimes called "superfruits" presumed to have a combination of 1) appealing subjective characteristics, such as taste, fragrance and visual qualities, 2) nutrient richness, 3) antioxidant strength and 4) potential impact for lowering risk of human diseases.
Potential benefit of mangosteen; -Anti bacterial, -Anti Fungal, -Anti Inflamatory, -Anti Lipidemia (lowering of blood cholesterol), -Anti-oxidant, -Anti tumout/cancer and Anti viral.


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Misalyn said...

Oh I love mangosteen. There are few mangosteen here in UAE usually from Thailand. Few pcs. of it is about AED 14-20.

Krisno said...

One of my favourite fruit..yum yum

Jay said...

Misalyn & Krisna:
It a great fruit not only its taste but also it nutritional value.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

I have never eaten this fruit. The pictures were lovely and the information appreciated. Thanks so much.

Jay said...

You are welcome and thank for visiting.

Lucy said...

So interesting. The fruit looks very refreshing.

Ann said...

I didn't eat this when I was a child. There is this thing about don't eat mangoesteen with sugar, or you will MATI. My paretns were scared we will die. they also said you don't know the hidden sugar in biscuits.

But as an adult, I ate a lot of it. I was also care not to eat sugar.

Very informative, Didn't know the queen part.

Jay said...


I know the queen part only when i read the article.

♥ caRoL ♥ said...

J, bisi urang madah mangoesteen tu cure for gall blader stones .... Hurmmm .... I really nid to noe the "kesahihannya" .. Anyone??

Jay said...

Aku pin not sure about that. But i don't think so laban nya batu, the only treatment is to remove the stone either by tembak kena laser, cholecystectomy(bepotong), lithotripsy or dissolution therapy.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

You have a lovely basket there!

Mangosteens are really nice to eat....

Jay said...

Basket.. our traditional bag.

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Betty said...

Hi Jay, how are you doing?
Thanks for your kind comments.Please come back.
Actually it's not a tree/fruit ;it's a bush i really don't know its name.
I love your photos.

Kirigalpoththa said...

It is a super fruit..
There is a big tree at my father's place!!
pity that they are only in particular time of the year only..

lina@happy family said...

I like mangosteen; glad to know that it has lots of benefit, too

Jay said...

We should start appreciate its great nutrients contain. I just come to know about it when doing so searh for this entry.

Ann said...

Hi Jay,

I tried to comment on you return to home land, but can't. How far are you from Bau?

If not very far, do pay Bau a visit and ask for an ex polis Hepburn whose duaghter married a Kelabit, Wayne Kallang, He is my nephew.

I went there for their wedding.

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