Mangosteen is often called the “Queen of tropical fruits”. I couldn’t have enough of this amazing fruit indulging myself in its juicy delights.
When it’s in the season which is May to September, you will be able to find the Mangosteen in certain regions of Sri Lanka in Matale, Galle, Kalutara, Gampaha, Kegalle and Kandy that well-known for growing this wonderful fruit. You can also find them in abundance in Colombo when they are in season. I was in Colombo during its season and my weekly fruit basket always contained at least three mangosteens.
It is not difficult to open the fruit. Just press firmly on the outside of the shell and twist until it cracks revealing the sweet fleshy cloves of Mangosteen. The taste is so addictive, it quenches your thirst and satisfies your hunger. And it’s not only that, it’s packed with medicinal properties offering tons of benefits to our health.
According to dailynews.com, not many people are aware of the medicinal values of its pericarp. The pericarp has anti-cancer properties and anti-inflammatory properties whereas the fruit have nutritional values.
The pericarp is a rich source of a chemical compound known as Xanthones, which has resulted in anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-ageing, and antidiabetic effects.
In Sri Lanka, people use to make health drinks, tablets and powders from this magical fruit 🙂
There are also several benefits of eating Mangosteen. Here are some of them according to Healthline:
- Boosts Immune System
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Reduces Incidences of Cancer
- Helps Maintain Healthy Skin
- Supports Blood Sugar Control
- Highly Nutritious
Tip for Buying Mangosteen
The main tip is to be able to squeeze the mangosteen equally from all sides. If it’s hard from one side then it’s not good mangosteen.
You can find best tips for Sri Lanka here for first time travellers.