The Santol is a tropical fruit of Southeast Asian origin. It is grown in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Santol is also known in its English term as “the wild Mangosteen” or “faux mangoustaantioxidant-fruits.comer” in French. It is popularly called as the “lolly fruit” because you have to suck it all the way to taste the fullness of its flavor. It is a sweet and sour fruit which has the size of an apple but not its taste.
There are two varieties for the wild mangosteen, yellow and red. The skin of the santol is thin but the rind is thick. Although the unripe santol is quite sour, the ripe ones are often made into candy or marmalade.
The Santol tree and the fruit itself has been used for anti-inflammatory remedies and treatment for dysentery and diarrhea. The Santol fruit contains Calcium, Phosphorous and Iron, a bit of fat, Pectin and dietary fiber. Santol powder derived from its bark is used to cure ringworm, while the leaves when boil could be used as antiseptic or mixed at the desired warmness to bath the sick and the aged.