Don’t confuse this southwest Asian fruit with the mango commonly sold in grocery stores. The mangosteen, in size somewhere between an apple and an orange, has an outer purple skin with soft white fruit inside with a flavor that is both citrus and peach-like. Most importantly, consumers have seen considerable health benefits from mangosteen including aid for sinus and respiratory illnesses. This fruit isn’t just for allergy sufferers. Mangosteen is being called a superfruit because of the antioxidants in both the rind and fruit that fight free radicals. The health benefits of mangosteen have been widely advertised, and though the tropical fruit does not grow in the United States, it is being marketed in extract and powder capsule form by health suppliers. You can buy fresh Mangosteen online. Mangosteen can be taken internally in these forms, eaten raw, or ground up and applied externally to the skin to treat inflamed joints. Mangosteen fruit benefits also include the respiratory and digestive systems. If you can find imported mangosteens, try this recipe for a delicious Thai Mangosteen Beef Soup :
3 oz beef sirloin
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
pinch of sugar
3 mangosteens, peeled and segmented
pinch of pepper
1 tablespoon cilantro/coriander leaves
Slice beef into small cubes. Marinate for an hour with ground peppercorn, coriander, and garlic. Stir fry the beef in oil. Remove from heat and add the fish sauce.
Bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add soy sauce and sugar. Remove from heat and add beef and mangosteens when cooled.