Mangosteen: properties, benefits, how to eat

Il mangosteen, the fruit of Garcinia mangostana, is rich in water and folic acid, and it is useful for protect the skin and the nervous system. Let's find out better.

> Description of the plant

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> Calories, nutritional values ​​and properties of mangosteen

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> How to eat

Mangosteen: properties, benefits, how to eat



Description of the plant

The mangosteen tree (Garcinia mangostana) is a tropical evergreen (temperatures around zero are fatal) capable of reaching twenty meters in height. The fruit is dark purple when ripe, spherical and with a woody exocarp.

La pulp inside it is divided into very delicate, buttery white segments, dal fresh flavor, watery, aromatic, reminiscent of the rose. Within them you can find the seeds.

A close relative of the mangosteen is kokum (Garcinia indica) whose fruit is used both as a food and as a medicine.


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Regular consumption of mangosteen helps the skin, nervous system, kidneys, intestines, joints.


Calories, nutritional values ​​and properties of Mangosteen

Mangosteen contains 73 kcal per 100 g.

In addition, 100 g of product contain:

  • 0.6 g fat
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 7 mg
  • Potassium 48 mg
  • G carbohydrates 18
  • Fiber 1.8 g
  • 0.4 g protein

The mangosteen fruit certainly does not stand out for its nutritional qualities: besides being rich in water, contains modest quantities of folic acid, manganese, riboflavin.

However, in the extracts on the market, we can find various concentrates polyphenols (especially xanthones) by the capabilities antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Various parts of the plant are used in traditional Southeast Asian medicines, especially to treat wounds and skin problems, urinary tract infections and dysentery.


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Mangosteen: properties, benefits, how to eat



No particular contraindications.


Mangosteen facts

Mangosteen is known as "The queen of fruits". This is due to a legend according to which Queen Victoria, hearing the praises of her taste, gave away a fair sum for those who were able to make her taste a fresh mangosteen fruit from one of her colonies. In this way the "queen fruit" then became "the queen of fruit". 

Recently, mangosteen-based products have been placed on the market in various countries that exaggerate its healing qualities, leading to misleading advertising.


How to eat mangosteen

Once you have chosen ripe fruit, you need to split the woody exocarp in two with a knife. At that point your hands or a spoon will be enough for taste the pulp in wedges. Juices and purees can be found on the market.


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