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Mangosteen Fruit: Exotic, Exquisite and Versatile

The indigenous people of Southeast Asia have for centuries treasured and revered the exotic fruit Mangosteen for its exquisite taste and multiple health benefits.

They used the fruit, especially its pericarp or rind, to prevent and treat infections, diarrhea, dysentery and eczema. They also used Mangosteen to control fever, reduce pain, treat inflammation and gonorrhea and a variety of other common ailments.

Physical Characteristics

Mangosteen fruits, which are either seedless or have one to five fully-developed seeds, can be two to three inches in diameter. They have a thick rind surrounding four to eight fruit segments.

The fruits are round and smooth, and dark-purple to red-purple in color depending on its ripeness. The triangular segments of soft flesh inside are snow-white and juicy.

The fruits may be picked slightly under-ripe, but they must be fully mature or they will not ripen. Their ripeness is determined by a slight softening of the rind and the full development of color.

Which Mangosteens Are Best?

The best Mangosteen fruits are those with the highest number of stigma lobes, which indicate the highest number of fleshy segments and the fewest seeds. The number of stigma lobes and the number of fleshy segments always match.

Indigenous Uses

Asians grind the fruit's rind and used it to treat diarrhea, dysentery and skin diseases. They also use the tea made from the leaves and bark of the Mangosteen tree to lower fever and for urinary disorders.

The leaves and bark of the tree are also boiled and the liquid extract is used to lower or prevent fever and to treat diarrhea, dysentery, thrush and urinary problems.

They boil and drank liquid extracts of the whole fruit to relieve diarrhea, cystitis, gonorrhea and gleet. They also apply the extracts on the skin as an astringent. They soak the rind in water overnight and use the solution to treat diarrhea.

The roots can also be boiled and the brew used to regulate menstruation.

Malayans make jam by boiling the seedless segments with equal amount of sugar and a few cloves.

Filipinos make Mangosteen fruit preserves by boiling the fleshy segments in brown sugar and include the seeds to enrich its flavor. The seeds are also sometimes eaten alone after boiling or roasting.

The Reason for Mangosteen's Versatility

What makes this fruit so versatile in addressing so many health issues and in promoting health in so many different ways?

The Mangosteen fruit contains more than 40 biologically-active, natural chemical compounds called Xanthones, which provide a virtual medicine chest of natural healing compounds that address a wide variety of health issues.

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