Hailed as the “Queen of Fruits”, the mangosteen’s popularity is said to be rivalled only by the durian. The tree is part of the Guttiferae family5 and has the distinction of being remarkably difficult to raise. Seedlings are fragile and perish easily. The few that do reach maturity can take up to 15 years to bear fruit and even longer to propagate.
The mangosteen tree has a straight, central trunk and grows to a medium height of 20 ft to 40 ft. The bark is slightly scaly and has a sooty brown or black colouration. Its low branches and lush foliage provide good shade in private gardens. Leaves are simple, thick and have a slight sheen. Mature leaves may be an attractive shade of olive to dark green, but have pale, drab undersides. The wide and fleshy flowers may be male or hermaphrodite on the same tree.10
The round fruit is initially a crisp green, and ripens to a deep, purplish burgundy. A firm outer rind and a crown of sepals encase four to eight luscious, white segments. It is possible to predict the number of segments, as they always correspond with the number of lobes found at the apex of the fruit. The fruit may be seedless or have one to five fully developed seeds, ovoid-oblong and somewhat flattened, that cling to the flesh. To avoid picking fruits with too many seeds, a general rule is to choose fruits with the largest number of lobes, and hence, the largest number of segments. The segments are arranged centrally and can be easily loosened with the fingers. The fruit is popular for its delicate flavour, subtle sweetness and melting texture. However, one must be careful of the fruit’s indelible crimson stains.
999.9 Fine Gold
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