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Yellow Mangosteen (Garcinina spp.)

Yellow Mangosteen - Exotic Tropical Fruit from Cape Tribulation

A round fruit with very tart yellow segments. Comes from South East Asia, where it is called 'Kandis'.

Soil
Characteristics
Deep soil with good drainage.
Climate Requirements Warm humid areas, needing shade when young.

Culture

Young trees need protection from sun and cold wind. Not pruned. Light feeding frequently. Clusters of fruit can be bagged to prevent fruit fly attack.
Harvesting Harvested over winter and autumn, fruit are picked when the yellow colour develops.
Length of time
until first crop
Four to five years.
Marketing Notes No real commercial potential due to the high acidity. Lasts well under cool temperatures but is easily marked.

 

Food Preparation

The high acidity lends itself to jams and jellies but there is a lot of work in removing the skin and seeds. Very refreshing to eat fresh, but one is usually enough. The flesh attached to the seed is much more acceptable than the flesh attached to the skin. Eat the seed flesh first to prepare your palate!

 

 

 

Further information

'Know and Enjoy Tropical Fruit'
This is the only reference I can find on the World Wide Web taken from the book by Jim Darley:

'The yellow mangosteens are much easier trees to grow and bring to fruiting than the purple mangosteen. There are several species of yellow mangosteen, including the mundu (G. dulcis), the kochin goroka (G. xanthochymus) and the asam gelugur (G. atroviridis). They are frequently extremely sour fruit, and perhaps the ultimate test for the miracle fruit. When cooked with plenty of sugar to counter the acidity, these fruit produce an excellent pie.'

This site also provides a recipe for Yellow Mangosteen Cheesecake.

'Exotic Tree Fruit for the Australian Home Garden' by Glenn Tankard. 1987 Nelson (out of print) also has one paragraph about Yellow Mangosteens worth noting:

'Throughout Sarawak and Sabah there are various Garcinina species commonly referred to as kandis by the locals. They are invariably small, acid fruits with a varying degree of sweetness and a melting, mangosteen-like texture and flavour. The tree is small to medium size and grows as a lower storey forest specimen, tolerating deep shade.'

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