Health benefits of mangosteen are rare discussed as this fruit are limited production due to their short perishability. Delicious and juicy, mangosteen is one of the popular tropical fruits. It comprises an impressive list of essential nutrients, which are required for normal growth and development and overall nutritional well-being. This fruit is very low in calories (63 calories per 100 g) and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber (100 g provides about 13% of RDA), which can be very important for individuals who are concerned about putting on excess body weight. Mangosteen is good in vitamin C and provides about 12% of RDA per 100 g. Vitamin-C is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
Fresh fruit is a moderate source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin and folates. These vitamins are acting as cofactors the help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Further, it also contains a very good amount of minerals like copper, manganese and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids and helps control heart rate, and blood pressure; thus, it offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
Mangosteens are available fresh during summer months. Completely matured, deep purple color fruits are picked up either by hand or hook-and-basket method as in mangoes, without damaging them. Injury to outer skin results in percolation of bitter-latex into the edible flesh, which makes the whole fruit bitter and inedible. Mangosteen is now readily available in the supermarkets across the United States. While buying, look for fresh fruits that feel heavy in hand with firm green calyx at the stem end, and bright purple color skin as they indicate fresh arrivals from East Asian orchards. Avoid those appearing dry and blotched skins as they may indicate an old stock. At home, ripe fruits should be placed in cool well-ventilated place where they keep well for up to two weeks. For extended keeping quality store them inside the refrigerator.
Preparation and Serving tips by washing the fruit in water to remove surface dust. Fresh fruit has a thick soft rind, quite like in pomegranate but thicker in size. In general, the fruit is scored through the rind around an equatorial circumferential fashion using paring knife, and its upper half pulled up gently using the thumb to expose delicious arils inside. Prolonged exposure to hot conditions may cause its outer skin dry, brittle and may pose problems while peeling. The serving tips for fresh mangosteens are wonderfully delicious. Enjoy this exotic juicy fruit all alone without any additions. The fruit segments complement well with other fruit sections like papaya,watermelon, pineapple, grapes, etc. Mangosteen juice is very tasty thirst quenching cool drink to beat summer heat. Mangosteen clafouti prepared using corn flour and coconut milk is a delicious dessert. Thanks.
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