Known as the Queen of Fruits, or even the Queen’s Fruit, mangosteens are grown primarily in tropical climates. The trees originated in Southeast Asia and need consistently warm weather to produce their fruit. Sustained temps below freezing can kill mature trees. Mangosteens are a sweet fruit, with sour undertones, and contain sucrose rather than fructose. 

Here’s an excellent, 2-minute video that shows the mangosteen fruit and how to cut it open. This is a 6-minute video that features an orchard of mangosteen trees, how they’re harvested, which fruits are ripe, and other information.

FunFacts about Mangosteens: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), also known as the purple mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands of the Malay archipelago and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, southwest India and other tropical areas such as Colombia, Puerto Rico and Florida, where the tree has been introduced.  (Source)
  • Mangosteen trees grow from 20 feet to 82 feet (5 to 25 m).
  • Mangosteens are a sweet-and-sour fruit, a little fibrous, very juicy with fluid-filled ‘vesicles’ like citrus fruits.
  • Mangosteens are a deep reddish-purple on the outside when ripe.
  • The seeds are almond-shaped.
  • The edible part is the flesh that surrounds the seeds.
  • Since ancient times, mangosteens have been cultivated in Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Mainland Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.
  • In 1855, mangosteens were introduced into English greenhouses.
  • Mangosteen trees generally don’t grow well outside the tropics.
  • Mangosteens are grown in south Florida.

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35 thoughts on “Mangosteens

  1. I know I’ve eaten mangosteens before, but I can’t remember whether I liked it or not! I’ll have to try it again one of these days.

  2. I’ve never heard of mangosteens before, but I would give it a try if I ever came across one. The trees they grow on are pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is a new fruit to me. I’m not sure about the sweet/sour taste, but they certainly are yummy looking.

    Fort Myers, Florida

  4. I haven’t tried mangosteens either, or ever seen them in the grocery store. But they sound like they’d be terrific. I’m hoping someone on the blog today will have tried them and can share their experience. They’re very popular in Southeast Asia. It seems odd to me that they’re not here in the U.S. Maybe someone knows why?

    Buckeye, Arizona USA

    • Of course! In the Philippines! This fruit sounds fantastic and the videos showed how easy they are to cut open and eat. Wish we had some locally here in the US!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Buckeye, Arizona US

  5. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of them. I’ve never seen them in our grocery stores here. Curious as to what they taste like.

  6. At first I thought it was a passion fruit, until I saw the inside (looks like garlic) I have never heard of mangosteens but would like to try it

  7. Like many have said, I have never heard of these until this wonderful informative blog! You always inspire! The third photo from the bottom caught my attention.

    Casa Grande, AZ

  8. Interesting. I have a friend in Florida think I’ll ask her if she can find some and send them to me!! would like to try them!!!!!

  9. I am with the never tried crowd. I actually have never heard of these before and I do live in the South…interesting!

  10. I remember there was a fad of mangosteen juice as a health supplement and I’m pretty sure it’s still available but I haven’t tried it.

  11. I don’t think I have ever eaten this but I do remember the health that of the juice. I think you are right it is still available.

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