Just in time for breakfast, I crack open a mangosteen to reveal what’s inside this aubergine-coloured cannonball – the most delectable, delicate white fruit, tinged in the palest, cherry blossom pink. And the taste – ambrosia! A work of art, inside and out. Come … enjoy!
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I’ve never heard of a mangosteen. Now I need to try and find it so I can taste it. 🙂
Indeed you do! Sweet, juicy, delicious, with a hint of sour … 🙂
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I love mangosteen! It’s so goooood!
I’d say you did ok then – missing the moon but rewarded with mangosteen to eat!
Thanks for the mention and I am intrigued as to what this tastes like! Never saw one before. The best part about the weekly photo challenge is “meeting” fellow bloggers.
They are the most delicious fruit – a bit like a tropical fruit salad, with a hint of lime, but not, at all – their flavour is all their own. Keep an eye out when you’re somewhere that sells tropical fruit and vegetables, you might see one every now and again.
Yes – it’s a marvellous way to meet new people – the whole rationale for the competitions, I suppose.
By the way, thanks for the Pingback and nice to meet you too! How on earth do you do that – make the list of other blogs? I never do cause I couldn’t keep the sequence straight, of copying and pasting everyone’s address into my draft.
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Do you eat them as is? Or do you put something on it? I’m just comparing to what Mexicans do…they put lime juice, salt and chili powder on everything of this category.
Yes. No lime, or salt! This is the sweetest, most luscious of fruits …
You put your hands around the equator, and squeeze gently till the hard, pulpy skin splits – then you extract the fruit and pop it straight into your mouth and allow the juices ago explode, swallow, then gently suck the remaining flesh, increasing the sucking pressure to remove the flesh from the two pips.
what an amazing looking fruit – er – vegetable… 🙂
Fruit, dear Keira. I think they are the most amazingly beautiful things, and the miracle is that they taste better than they look! Unlike coffee, you know, which has the most amazing aroma, but tastes like … Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it IS an acquired taste!
These taste a little like a tropical fruit salad, with passionfruit, but no, that’s too simple a comparison …
That’s one tropical fruit that hasn’t come my way. I was thinking about custard apples after your post yesterday, but they pale into insignificance beside your wondrous pictures.
Yes, I’m afraid custard apples pale against the flavour – and wonderful, dramatic looks – of the mangosteen. They’re native to the spice islands, so perhaps didn’t make it Africa way.
Glorious flavour – sweet, fragrant, a tiny hint of sour in the aftertaste, so you’re left wanting more, and when you’ve demolished a bowl full, you’re left with the most delightful, fresh flavour in your mouth!
I love mangosteen!
Perfect for the theme 🙂
They’re gorgeous, aren’t they, both taste-wise and the way they look!
I’ve never had mangosteen but I’ll be on the look out now 🙂
Yes you should, Ella – it’s luscious!
oh they are delicious, such a long time since i tasted one 🙂
Poor you! Though, there are things you probably take for granted that I sometimes crave. Mostly I’m fine, especially nowadays when we have supermarkets with quite a lot of imported items in them – fairly good olive oil, for instance is plentiful (whereas before we bought it in little bottles, capped = and sized – like nail polish remover!), we even get Vegemite, and a half-decent selection of wines – but cheese, ohhh how I long for decent cheese …
I love mangosteen. I usually buy they in Davao, Philippines…here is my own interpretation of the weekly photo challenge …http://langaeh.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
I love mangosteens too and always try and eat some if we are in Thailand. Do they grow in Sri Lanka too?
Oh yes! They come originally from the ‘spice islands’ of Indonesia, and have spread …
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Now that looks great. It’s new to me, but it’s always fascinating to learn about delicacies from far off lands, when otherwise there is so much homogenisation everywhere. It gives me optimism that there are still mysteries to uncover! I also like the way some of the best tasting things hide themselves beneath stern exteriors.
It must not travel well, Rowena, otherwise it would have been homogenised, or hybridised, or whatever and appear on shelves around the world. Or perhaps it’s that it’s tropical growing conditions are fairly limited that has saved it from being tampered with?
Whichever, I’m always overjoyed when mangosteen season comes around (major season is in June/July, with a shorter, less abundant crop in late November) and I can feast on its delicious fruit for a few glorious weeks.
Have one for me, then!
I saved some to have after lunch – one is for you, Rowena!
Love to try it! Thank you for introducing something new and delicious!
You’re welcome Amy!
Sounds like an amazing treat – never seen one before. Thanks for the ‘who knew.’
Just the pictures are a delicious feast! Thank you.
I’m glad you liked them, Marylin. I think they’re one of the most beautiful of nature’s creations, and had to restrain myself from posting dozens of shots!
Sharing things is one of the big thrills of blogging, isn’t it? Now, if you see one, you’ll know what it is, and that it should be tasted! (I just hope it hasn’t been picked too ripe, or that it hasn’t been in transit for too long – because I would hate for you to be disappointed in one of nature’s sweetest delicacies!)
Thanks for sharing – you are such a great blogger – you got me craving – now I can’t wait to find one.
Thanks for the compliment, Shaanthz. I suppose if you were to find one outside the tropics, New York would be a good bet!
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Wonderful entry! I love the contrast between the hard exterior and the delicate fruit inside. They seem to have flooded the market. But mangoes are my favourite fruit and I am sad that the season is almost over 😦
Flooded the market? You mean a bumper crop, this year? Or are they appearing in supermarkets and little shops and stalls where you didn’t used to see them, Madhu?
I’ve noticed, since the supermarket revolution of the last decade or so, that they’re so much more readily available than the ‘old’ days, when we used to have to take a trip down to Kalutara, or toward Ratnapura (where they are grown) if we were to have a mangosteen feast! Then, later, say ten years ago, the farmers began bringing them into the city, to sell from makeshift barrows in the deep shade of the old trees around the university. Now, the farmers have been moved to a more convenient, but less shady, byway a little further away from the centre of town, and we do see them in the supermarkets – even the podi kade at the end of my lane had some yesterday. How convenient, and great for the farmers, I think.
So, you’re a mango girl, eh? Which is your favourite? I have to admit the hybridised ‘Bowen’ mango from Queensland is the best commercial mango I’ve ever tasted – but here, there’s a roundish purple-skinned fellow that’s magnificent, or the more elongated, delicate lemony skinned fruit, sweet and refreshing … I’m often disappointed with those dark, large, luscious looking giant fruit – so often a bit of a taste of turpentine, or stringy – ugh! But turpentine doesn’t matter if you use them for achaaru, with chilli and salt … now that’s delicious!
I love mangosteen… nice images… 🙂
Your favourite, Bams?
Hmm. I wonder if they sell those here in San Antonio. It looks yummy!
Maybe! If you see one, wherever you are, you’ll know what they are, and believe me, if it’s not turned to stone, it should be yummy;)
Wow, nature creates some very odd and beautiful things! I love that it’s natural, yet it looks so alien. Thanks for sharing, it’s something I haven’t seen before!
Whichever way you look at it, nature sure is an artist! 🙂
And now i’m craving mangosteen but am sure it’ll be almost impossible to find it here in Paris….sobs…Thanks for sharing the mouth-watering photos 🙂
You have the most interesting things where you live!
Of course, it’s an exotic paradise island! I’d have moved right along decades ago if it were just the scenery, gorgeous as it is:)
Hey! I just noticed my name on your sidebar. How cool is that? However, what does the “Intro” mean?
The ‘intro’ Robin? “Writing, writing, writing”? Just all about writing, through I should have mentioned quills, and inkwells, and bookcases too, I suppose:)
I have never tasted a mangosteen but now I know how much I want to!
Good! Always love passing on good news, and new finds … 🙂
Mmm, I had a plate of mangosteen just last weekend – you describe it perfectly! There really is a technique to opening them without making a mess. My first one was a bit of a struggle…
And the pink from the rind is indelible – care required if wearing white!
This is one of the many treat of blogging. Learning so many new things! If I ever see them in a market around here (and, by God, I should given where I am!), I’ll definitely try one. 🙂
Be sure it’s firm, but not rock hard, JM – we don’t’ want it like a real cannonball:)
Good choice for the weekly theme. I’ve heard of mangosteen, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one.
You’d remember, Penny – well, I’m guessing you will now, if you ever see one, because you’ll know what it is!
I have no idea where we could find a mangosteen around here… Perhaps the best way might be to do a search on it to see if there are any places that might sell them over the internet. I have never seen or heard of them before… I’m sure once the word gets out they will be a big hit wherever they go if they are half as good as you say…and judging from the rind they look like they might ship well as well.
The rind would certainly act as a shock absorber, but this is a fruit that has never been tampered with by man, so it’s shelf life is pretty short after you pick them.
I once saw them for sale in my local supermarket in Australia and was so excited – until I picked up a fruit, which seemed to have set, like concrete. Once I got it home, it was obvious it had been picked unripe, and it hadn’t ripened, so the texture was firm, rather than jelliied liquid, and the juice was more sour than sweet. But that was a long time ago – growers will probably have become much more sophisticated at exporting their crops these days.
Please remember to post, or let me know, if you ever find one!
That seems to be the problem with a great many fruits and veggies around the world… I’m glad to know that there are places that grow them as a business so you never know. Sometimes, if you find a farm that ships overnight deliverly… like shipping fish, etc. but I guess that might make them extremely expensive… still, if they are as good as you say they are I wouldn’t be surprised if some enterprising farmer may decide to sell over the internet.
Perhaps from Indonesia or Malaysia, where export industries are much more sophisticated than here in Sri Lanka.
Like many others I haven’t seen or tasted this fruit. It certainly looks photogenic !
I’m going to have a couple after lunch – a real treat.
How wonderful – wish I could taste one!
I think you need to be in the topics in South or South East Asia – although I have occasionally seen them exported to the West. At least you’ll know what it is, if you ever see one!
Interesting and beautiful post…I’ve never heard of a mangosteen…you taught me something! 🙂
That’s nice – I always love to learn new things too:)
This is a new one to me. I’m sure we don’t get them in South Africa.
They have to be grown in the tropics, Ad, and Viv said she’d never seen them in Africa when she lived there. Think you’ll just have to enjoy the idea of them till you come to South or Southeast Asia!
Oh what a beautiful fruit, one of my favourites for sure but I’ve not even seen one in a non-tropical country. Must travel closer to the equator soon 🙂
I did see them a few times in Australia, Georgia, but not regularly. I think an equatorial trip should be considered!
Interesting fruit. 😉
Beautiful, and delicious too!
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Wow, I’ve never heard of a mangosteen before. What a fascinating-looking fruit! And it sounds as tasty as it looks.
Glad to have introduced you to the mangosteen, Silken. 🙂
Love the pictures and the fruit!
Thank you Regina.
Lovely – and it’s sounds delicious!
Ummm – very:)
not will I have to try one
I will have to see if I can grow it…
it looked like clouds to me
You could give it a go, Lady Blue – the trick is to recreate a tropical environment. Good luck!
Tried mangosteen for the first time in Bali recently. Very good, but can’t beat tree ripened mango, IMO. Great shots and clever interpretation of the theme.
Ah, you’re a mango-eater, like Madhu, eh? They are are wonderful fruit – sometimes even sublime – but for me, the mangosteen is the greater treat! So delicate, and so fleeting a season.
i’m not a fan of fruits in general but i’ll always make an exception for mangosteens! 😉
Don’t like sweet things, eh? Glad you make an exception for the delicious mangosteen!
A new fruit! Going to have to try to find one now! Love how you describe it.
I wish I could do justice to the flavour – let me know what you think if you ever find any!