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Mangosteens have a hard, dark purple external skin which is inedible, and a soft delicious, sweet white fleshed interior which should be eaten! They are no relation at all to mangoes.
The Mangosteen flesh is delicate and sweet, with a soft creamy texture.
Mangosteens are imported from March to October and available from Queensland from November to January.
Look for dark purple coloured skin, uniform in colour. The fruit will be light for its size. Store them at room temperature for up to 4 days, or store in a plastic bag in the fridge for a few more days if necessary.
Run a knife around equator of the mangosteen and twist the halves in the opposite direction to separate. The white segments inside can be removed by hand or with a small fork. Try not to eat the seeds.
Mangosteens are delicious on their own, added to salads, or for something different try chopping up and adding to your favourite tropical smoothie mix!
Mangosteen is a good source of Vitamin C, soluble fibre and folate.