Although mangosteens are somewhat unfamiliar in North America, they’re common in the rain forest areas of Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Each round, glossy, purple fruit is capped with a light green calyx which holds it in place on the stem. The outer rind of the fruit is thick and rubbery; inside are sweet, delicious, snow white segments similar in design to that of an orange. Each segment contains one to four bitter-tasting seeds. Similar species, which are orange and yellow in color, grow in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America.
Health Benefits of Mangosteen
Low in calories and high in fiber (100 grams equal about 13% of the recommended daily amount), mangosteens have lots of essential nutrients, but no saturated fats or cholesterol. The potassium content helps control heart rate and regulate blood pressure, which in turn aids in stroke and coronary heart disease prevention. Healthy amounts of manganese and magnesium are also present, and new research suggests that xanthones – a powerful antioxidant found almost exclusively in mangosteen – have properties that fight pain, allergies, infections, skin disorders, and fatigue while supporting intestinal health.