India abounds in tropical fruits that are consumed across the country with ecstatic fervour. Be it for serving guests, busting last-minute hunger, or just eating out of boredom, Fruits are just the best of all foods, most of them being natural sweets packed in their delicate covers.
Mangosteen fruit hails from Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand & Sumatra where it's intensively cultivated. Its scarce availability in the Indian market makes it rare & thus many people aren't even aware of the fruit.
So this blog is dedicated to the much-deserved fruit of this season, the Mangosteen, or the queen of fruits.
Well, that might make you recall Mango as the king of fruits. (Oops! Was that too much information?)
Here's everything you need to know about Mangosteen fruit, how it tastes, from where it's imported, & why it’s priced high in the market.
Purple Mangosteen has a dark velvety texture on the outside, & a scintillating, white flesh on the inside (added green leaf-like structures on the top). So the fruit has a bizarre color combination.
The specific origin of the fruit is still unknown, yet the fruit bears the tag of Thailand & Malaysia, where they are grown in abundance. The fruit is hard to come by in many countries, take the US as an example. Before the year 2007, this fruit was shunned from trade, due to the rising number of invasive insects (Asian flies). That only increased the demand for the fruit, resulting in the removal of the ban.
If you want to know how mangosteen tastes prior to buying it, we won’t hype your expectations up. Since the fruit is exquisite & enjoys the status of eliteness in many countries, it does taste heavenly & much better than peaches. In simpler words, the fruit is a mixture of banana, lychee, strawberry, & pineapple. Seems tangy, doesn’t it?
Here comes the nitty-gritty of Mangosteen- it’s nutritional value.
Mangosteen is a master fruit, just like Kiwi, Dragonfruit & Apricot that is a treasure of nutrients. Even if you’re not a fan of citrusy flavor or excessive sweetness in fruits, mangosteen guarantees you of balanced taste & health benefits as a bonus.
- Chock full of antioxidants-
Antioxidants reduce inflammation in the body, reduce oxidative stress, & removes radicals from the body. Thus, mangosteen has a chock full of antioxidants that protect the body from various diseases, ranging from common cold and flu, cancer risk, & heart disorders.
- Boosts immunity-
You might know that leukocytes or white blood cells protect our body from diseases. Thus, consumption of mangosteen strengthens the defense mechanism of the body, i.e the leukocytes.
Vitamin C in mangosteen promotes the production and function of leukocytes or the white blood cells, which are majorly responsible for good immunity. The more the count, the more you are protected against infections.
- Aids weight loss-
If you’re an avid reader & go through journals or articles of health magazines, you might have ended up concluding that many fruits aid weight loss. Just so you know that Mangosteen surely doesn't intend to betray the plant kingdom & thus carries the same attributes. Per 100g of serving has only 63 calories & the fruit is Cholesterol free.
- Provides relief in Menstrual pain-
It's been proven that consumption of mangosteen alleviates menstrual pain. This is because the Xanthones present in the tropical fruit help to tackle unbearable pain like arthritis, sciatica, & menstrual cramps.
- Keeps the skin healthy-
Mangosteen is already a rich source of Vitamin- C, that holds the tender for keeping skin diseases & other problems at bay. Xanthones, which act as antioxidants, invigorate the generation of new skin cells & discard the old ones (that cause the skin to look dull). Mangosteen juice can also treat acne, by suppressing the production of Cytokinins (that lead to the growth of acne).
Moreover, Mangosteen also reduces the ageing or the skin by reducing oxidative stress & free radicals. So next time you consider buying an expensive cream for your fine lines, just invest your money in some good quantities of mangosteen, & you'll get added health benefits.
- Which people shouldn't consume mangosteen?
People with a risk of bleeding or having a low count of platelets, especially at the time of Dengue or Jaundice, shouldn't consume mangosteen as the fruit slows down blood clotting in such cases.
- Is mangosteen good for gums?
Mangosteen prevents the withering of gums & also helps to clean the teeth well. So mangosteen is a good source for maintaining oral health.
- Can I make mangosteen juice out of mangosteen?
Making mangosteen juice is a great idea. Separate the fruit from the skin. Then, blend the fruits with or without honey to make it more delicious since the mangosteen itself has a sweet taste. Add some ice blocks for a fresh taste and a glass of mangosteen juice is ready to enjoy.
Mangosteen is among the rarest fruits that bring delight to the senses when brought home. This fruit is coming in popularity as its health benefits are getting disseminated throughout the world from different sources.
Albeit pricey, the elite fruit is not at all bad to give one’s taste buds a mini treat for the day. After all, investing in worthy items always counts.
Mangosteen is a good fruit for reducing acne, alleviating menstrual cramps, & reducing constipation. Besides light uses, it is a fruit that provides health benefits & builds immunity for a longer-term.
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