The mangosteen is a tropical fruit that grows in South East Asia. When in season it’s easy to find here in China, though it isn’t traditionally cultivated here. The fruit comes with a thick red or purple shell that is difficult to open without a knife. The trick is to push in the bottom with a thumb, creating a hole.
The fruit itself is made up of different white segments resembling a garlic bulb. The flesh is soft to the point of being creamy. The smaller segments can be eaten whole, but the larger sections have a hard pit inside, which you’d better just spit out.
Mangosteens are juicy and sweet, a real treat on a hot spring or summer day. There is an earthiness to the fruit, but the flavor isn’t very strong. If I had to choose another fruit to compare it to I’d say a ripe peach would come close.
Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8