If the durian is Southeast Asia’s King of Fruits, mangosteen is the region’s “Queen of Fruits.”
Hmm… King.. Queen.. Is this a joke? Of course not. They got their reasons for being monickered as such. And for the mangosteen, it’s mainly because of its said medicinal properties.
Well, this is not to say that the fruit sucks. In fact, if only for its smell and appearance, the mangosteen is far more better than the durian and many other fruits for that matter – how much more its taste?
If you haven’t tried one, the mangosteen is a seasonal fruit and is normally available during the summer in Southeast Asia. The fruit is purple on the outside with a hard yet easy to crack rind. The edible part, however, is the 5-7 white and succulent seeds that’s sweet enough to make you keep coming back for more.
Now for its medicinal properties..
You must have seen many supplement nowadays that are made from mangosteen. Why, yes, because it’s high concentration of xanthones are deemed to be super antioxidants that is far higher than any other source you may know.
Not only that, that rind which is the key to all these healing properties is also said to have from antibacterial effects to antifungal activities to the prevention of high cholesterol and treatment of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.
More so, mangosteen is also traditionally used to treat skin and gastrointestinal problems, allergies, inflammation, wounds, and even fever. Then again, although it’s good in reducing the risk of cancer, still there’s this lack of evidence that the mangosteen actually treats cancer.
Hey, still not bad for a delicious summer fruit!