Cutting and Preparing Mangosteen Fruit

  • 01 of 06

    How to Pick Out Mangosteen

    Mangosteen Fruit
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    The tropical fruit mangosteen is rich in antioxidants and micronutrients and is sold at Asian food stores and markets. It grows abundantly in Thailand. It's the size of a tennis ball, with a firm shell that is deep purple. It is found abundantly in Thailand.

    Good mangosteens have healthy-looking green caps and a nice glossy sheen on their outer skins. The fruit should be firm and have no cracks. Make sure the fruit is bug-free. Do not buy fruit that has hardened beads of yellow resin on the...MORE outer rinds as those often contain sections that have suffered from resin seepage.


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  • 02 of 06

    Cut Into Your Mangosteen

    Cutting Mangosteen
    Making a Cut in the Mangosteen. Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    To open your mangosteen, hold it firmly on its side and make a cut with a serrated knife. The older the mangosteen, the harder the skin will be (a sawing action may be needed). Cut shallowly all around the circumference, about 1/4 to 1/3 inch deep, just enough to create an opening for your fingers to get in. You do not want to cut all the way through to the middle.

    If you do not have a knife, you can hold the mangosteen between your two palms and squeeze your hands to crush the purple shells....MORE Once the shells are cracked, you should be able to peel off the shells. This way is messier and may result in the internal sections getting crushed releasing some of the juices.

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    Pry Open the Mangosteen

    Preparing Fresh Mangosteen
    Opening the Mangosteen. Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    Once you have cut around the entire fruit, similar to an avocado, try prying the fruit open with your fingers, or gently pulling it apart each half with your hands. If you cannot do this, or cannot see the white of the fruit, you have not cut deeply enough.

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    Expose the Mangosteen

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    Opening the Mangosteen 'Shell' to Reveal the Fruit. Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    Pull away the skin to reveal the white mangosteen fruit. If a little of the purple shell of the mangosteen sticks to the fruit, do not be tempted to remove it. This deep purple skin is full of antioxidants and valuable micro-nutrients.

    A good mangosteen has sections that are opaque white, firm, and not translucent or yellowish.

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    Separate the Mangosteen Fruit

    Mangosteen step 5
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    Mangosteen fruit looks similar to an orange since it has internal sections. Mangosteen has a sweet flavor and very soft texture and is very yummy to eat.

    The seeds are soft and edible and do not need to be removed. In some cases, you might not even notice the seeds are there. Other people choose not to eat the seeds, they may be hard and bitter, so you might want to discard them in that case.


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    Enjoy Your Mangosteen Fresh or Make an Exotic Dessert

    Mangosteen Clafouti
    Yummy Mangosteen Clafouti. Taken by D.Schmidt for

    Mangosteen can be eaten as is or combined with other fruits in a fresh fruit salad. Some people juice them, shell and all. Mangosteen can be used for ice creams and sorbets, and many other desserts, such as mangosteen clafouti, or on top of an Asian pudding, such as Thai tapioca pudding. Mangosteen can also be incorporated in savory dishes adding a sweet layer of flavor to a dish.