Mangosteen, also known botanically as Garcinia mangostana, is the name of a true magic fruit from Malaysia in Southeast Asia. It is also known by a few other names, for example the fruit is also called mangosteen, mangosteen, mangosta, mangosteen, mangoustan, mangostin or mangu. Here you will find out everything there is to know about the delicious fruit from south-east Asia, how to make mangosteen tea and how to grow it in your own living room.
Mangosteen: This is what the queen of fruits tastes like
The mangosteen fruit has nothing to do with the fruit mango, as the name might first suggest. The fruit is related to the lychee – but it is almost twice as big. It is edible and tastes delicious – the pulp has a slightly sour taste, similar to that of lychees or grapes, for example. Mangosteen is also rich in healthy, cell-protecting antioxidants. That is why it is also called the “Queen of Fruits” in its home country of Asia. In Malaysia, the mangosteen is harvested from the trees when it is ripe and can then be eaten. The leathery skin is reddish to purple, the flesh is white. If you look at its outside, the fruit, due to its thick skin, initially appears somewhat larger than the inside, which is edible.
What makes the Mangosteen so healthy?
Mangosteen is extremely healthy because it contains important nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and vitamin A.
This makes them antibacterial, anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory, among other things. In addition, the nutrients in the fruit are said to promote digestion, be good for the skin and strengthen the immune system and fitness. A real all-rounder.
In addition, a study by Brazilian scientists from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Minas Gerais has shown that it is likely that the mangosteen should even have an anti-ulcer and tumor-inhibiting effect.
The fruit is quite well tolerated, and side effects are generally not to be expected. However, if consumed in excess, the mangosteen can have an acidic effect.
Due to a lack of studies, pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised not to consume products containing the mangosteen fruit.
The mangosteen as a weight loss aid?
In addition to all the positive properties that the mangosteen already has, it should also help to get rid of unloved love handles. They are said to have properties that stimulate the metabolism and thus support a diet. So far, however, there are no studies that confirm this theory.
In addition, one should not forget that there is also some fructose in mangosteen, which may have the opposite effect of losing weight. There are around 15g of sugar in 100g of Mangosteen.
Dietary supplements that are already on the market in any form should always be viewed with caution and due skepticism. Before you take pills, powders or juices, always check with a doctor and get advice.
How do you eat the Mangosteen?
The Mangosteen tastes best raw and is the ideal addition to a fruit salad. But Asian fish, rice or poultry dishes can also be rounded off with the not too sweet and slightly sour taste of mangosteen.
Tea, juice, jam or puree can also be made from the mangosteen fruit. If you like the taste, you can also try these variants. Here is the recipe for a Mangosteen tea:
- 2-3 mangosteen fruits
- 400ml water
For the mangosteen tea you only need the peel of the fruit. So peel the mangosteen, eat the flesh and take the spoon. Now you spoon out the soft inside of the mangosteen peel. This is the ingredient you will need for the tea at the end. You can throw away the hard outer shell afterwards.
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Now add the inner soft part of the peel to the water and let it simmer for about five to ten minutes. If the water becomes cloudy and takes on a pink to reddish color, the tea is ready. Take a sieve and separate the liquid from the peel pieces.
If you don’t like the taste, you can also add a dash of lemon juice or honey.
Where can you buy the Mangosteen?
In Germany you can hardly get the mangosteen in the usual supermarkets. In order to enjoy the fruit, you have to go to better-stocked supermarkets, health food stores or Asian markets, or you can order the fruit on the Internet. Most often it is sold by weight.
At room temperature, the fruit should keep for about a week, if you keep it in the refrigerator, the expiration date is significantly longer.
However, no matter how good the fruit is for our bodies, we should always keep in mind that the mangosteen is a tropical fruit that has to be imported. In order to keep your ecological footprint as small as possible, you should only enjoy the mangosteen in moderation or simply grow it yourself:
Grow Garcinia mangostana yourself
If you have botanical ambitions, you can also try growing your own mangosteen tree. The seeds can become ingerminable after a short time outside the fruit, so it is important that you start preparing the seeds as soon as possible after you have removed them from the fruit.
Choose larger seeds as they are more likely to germinate. Remove the protective skin from the core and wrap it in a damp handkerchief and place in a warm, bright place. After about four days you can then plant the core. Within about two weeks, the germ will then take root.
The Mangosteen seedling prefers warm locations and soil that is always moist. But be careful with waterlogging: the mangosteen doesn’t like it at all. In general, it can be said that the Mangosteen tree is a very slow-growing plant. After two years it will only be around 30 centimeters high. Patience is therefore required here.