Mangosteen powder is derived from a tropical evergreen tree. It is grown primarily in Southeast Asia. The sweet tangy fruit of the mangosteen is juicy and somewhat fibrous, with fluid-filled sacks (vesicles - like the flesh of citrus fruits). The outer rind is a deep reddish-purple color. This part of the fruit contains much of the xanthones responsible for mangosteen's popularity. The fruit has three major parts: the deep purple rind; the white edible flesh which is segmented like oranges and the seeds, found within the flesh. The seeds are extremely bitter in taste and are inedible while the flesh has a soft fragnance with a sweet taste. The outer shell or rind of the Mangostein fruit (called the pericarp) is rather hard, yet can be opened easily.
Origin of Mangosteen Powder
The place of origin is not known but it mangosteen is said to have been first domesticated in Southeast Asian countries. Thailand, Burma, India and Vietnam are some of the countries where it was cultivated since many years. Apart from these countries it is now grown in other Asian countries and some African countries. Mangosteen powder has been a part of the traditional medicine of this various Asian countries for a very long time, and was once brought all the way around the world so that it could be sampled by Queen Victoria. The health benefits of mangosteen are known since 18th century and it has been proven that these benefits are not just mythical. It is a storehouse of essential nutrients which are required for normal growth, development and overall nutritional well being. Different parts of the fruit and plant are used in the treatment of various diseases and disorders. Nutritional values Mangosteen is a healthy fruit which is rich in water, energy, protein, carbohydrate and fiber. Essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and manganese are found in this fruit. It contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, B12 and vitamin A which are required for maintaining good health.
Latin name: Garcinia mangostana L.
Origin: Southeast Asia
Permitted plant parts: fruit