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Mangosteen
(Garcinia mangostana)

Known as the "Queen of Tropical Fruits" the mangosteen is one of the most popular tropical fruits. (Not related to the mango). The white flesh tastes very sweet and juicy, with a lemon tang. The mangosteen has become our main commercial crop.

 

Soil
Characteristics
Wide range of soil types provided drainage is good
Climate Requirements Equatorial; high even temperatures with high humidity.

Culture

Grown from seed with grafted plants showing no evidence of faster growth. Several species, with Purple Mangosteen being the most acceptable.
Harvesting Two crops a year, in February and October. Fruit are picked at an early stage of maturity, when reddish-pink and before the dark purple develops.
Length of time
until first crop
Seven to ten years. Some trees never fruit!
Marketing Notes Highly sought after as fresh fruit. Fruit picked at late maturity spoil quickly.

 

Food Preparation

Cut the Mangosteen in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Best eaten chilled. Avoid the exuding latex close to the skin .

Mangosteen Sorbet

Further information

Mangosteen: general crop management
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Mangosteen is regarded as one of the four most delicious and best-flavoured fruits in the world that is most readily accepted. It is not as commonly grown in the Wet Tropics as rambutans, but is gaining in popularity because of its high economic value.

Produced by the Queensland Horticulture Institute, Centre for Wet Tropics Agriculture, South Johnstone, Queensland, Australia. The information is very detailed.

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Mangosteen
This site is a chapter from a book written by Julia Morton. Gives a detailed description of the different varieties, climate, soil, season, pests and diseases and food uses. You can purchase this classic book Fruits of Warm Climates online from Amazon.

Vote One - Mangosteens
A personal rave about why Mangosteens are so fantastic from Anna in her blog 'Morsels & Musings - A scattered collection of thoughts'

How to eat a Mangosteen - Youtube video

Mangosteen.com - Information on history, science, folklore, culture. Also photos and nutritional uses.

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