Considered the queen of fruits in Thailand the mangosteen ‘Mangkut’ in Thai, is a highly prized perfectly sweet and sour balanced fruit that one can never have enough of.
Native to southeast Asia the mangosteen tree grows in the most warm tropical areas and is known as a sensitive tree that requires very specific conditions to thrive.
The fruit has a thick inedible and astringent red-purplish rind and a white pulp at the center which is the edible part. Some specimen would have no seeds while others may have one or two seeds.
The fruit is eaten fresh and is also used in some seldomly seen salads, curry dishes and soups, that most likely trace back to royal cuisine.