Mangosteen Fruit Facts
What is it?
The mangosteen fruit, also known as "the Queen of Fruits", originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas. It was first domesticated in Thailand or Burma but is currently widely cultivated in Kampuchea, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. Ripeness is gauged by color development and slight softening of the fruit. The mangosteen is harvested when fully mature as they do not continue to ripen after picking. The mangosteen's exterior is round, dark-purple to red-purple and smooth. It is approximately 1-1/2 to 3 inches in diameter. The rind is 1/4 to 3/8 inches thick and purplish-white on the inside. There are 4 to 8 triangular segments of white, juicy, soft flesh. The fruit may or may not contain seeds.
What is so good about it?
Mangosteen flesh is slightly acidic in flavor, luscious, and delicious. The flavor is a mild cross between an orange and peach. Its delicate flavor brings a taste of the tropics to any product. It blends well with other juices including peach, passion fruit, and coconut water.
How to use it
Mangosteen is currently riding a wave of culinary popularity. Its unique flavor profile and exotic nature make it a novel ingredient for use in product development and culinary based applications. It can be incorporated in juice blends, nectars, ice creams, yogurts, smoothies, cocktails, salad dressings, and sorbets. Imagine exotic culinary applications such as refreshing chilled mangosteen soup, mangosteen and lime sorbet, mangosteen mousse, coconut rice with mangosteen sauce, red snapper with a mangosteen coconut curry. The diverse uses of mangosteen allow for endless possibilities.
What iTi offers
iTi supplies mangosteen juice concentrate and mangosteen puree. The products are 100% natural, GMO free, and produced from fresh, ripe, carefully selected fruit. They do not contain any artificial color, flavors, or preservatives. All are processed in FDA registered facilities which are HACCP and Kosher-certified.