How to Choose a Mangosteen
The mangosteen is a fruit like no other. This rare edible gem has an exquisite flavor that is entirely unique unto itself. This wonderful fruit is revered throughout the world, and has even been dubbed "The Queen of Fruit" in Thailand. If you ever get the chance to eat a mangosteen, don't miss out on tasting this wonderful exotic fruit.
Mangosteens are eaten by breaking the fruit in half and eating the white meat inside. Breaking the fruit apart is pretty easy to do, since the outer peel of a mangosteen has the texture of light cardboard. Do not cut the fruit in half with a knife because cutting it will damage the juice flesh of the mangosteen and mix the bitter taste of the peel with the sweetness of the actual fruit. The dark purple peel of the mangosteen may stain your hands a little, and you might have to eat around a few seeds, but you will be handsomely rewarded for your efforts by the sweet perfection of one of natures finest creations. Below you will some simple guidelines for how to select a quality mangosteen.
What to look for: Look for mangosteens that are large in size and have few or no bright yellow stains on them. Select mangosteens that are firm, and do not depress easily when squeezed. Always choose mangosteens that have a fresh-looking green stem, and an even dark purple peel.
What to Avoid: Avoid mangosteens that are missing their stems, have soft or dark spots, smell sour, or are small in size.
Storage: Do not refrigerate mangosteens. Store mangosteens in a basket on the counter or in a cool dry place. Magnosteens need to be eaten within two days of purchase because as tropical fruits, they are highly perishable.
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