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Things I love about home: Mangosteens

Mangosteens aplenty, by Penne Cole

Mangosteens aplenty, by Penne Cole

It was mangosteen season here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently. Known as the queen of fruits, mangosteens are tangy and sweet, and delicious to eat. I saw a whole pile of them in my local fruit shop and couldn’t resist framing a picture of the mound that left my photo saturated with purple.

The husk of the mangosteen is soft and easy to break open if you know the technqiue – simply make small pinches around the equator of the fruit to open up a seam, until the top half comes apart from the bottom half, revealing the pure whiteness of the flesh inside. Be careful when you’re doing this, though – the juice may look innocuous but if they come into contact with your clothes, they will leave behind purple stains that are impossible to remove.

Mangosteens are delicious when eaten alone, but they go even better with the king of fruits, the durian. The yin of the mangosteen perfectly balances out the yang of the durian. However, if you’re eating them by themselves, you may want to pace yourself; the Chinese believe that because they are a fruit with yin properties, eating too many of them will leave you with a cough!

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated.

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5 comments on “Things I love about home: Mangosteens

  1. spillaa
    October 2, 2013

    one of my favorite fruits. thanks for the post

  2. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated (Rangoli Art) | Processing the life

  3. flyer13
    October 10, 2013

    I love mangosteen and about that substance found in it, xanthones whatever they call it.

    • Penne Cole
      October 11, 2013

      Yes, sounds like it. That’s another great reason to love mangosteens 🙂

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