Sunday, December 9, 2007

Mangosteen Facts

Did you know that the mangosteen…

  • is a tropical fruit from Asia?
  • is the national fruit of Thailand?
  • contains 43 of the more than 200 xanthones found in nature, and that the name "xanthone" comes from the Greek word “xanthos,” meaning yellow?
  • is really called Garcinia mangostana in scientific circles?
  • belongs to the scientific family Guttiferae, which is the same family as St. John’s Wort?
  • was named by the French explorer and physician Laurentiers Garcin, who called it “more cordial than the strawberry?”
  • is rich in antioxidants?
  • is recommended for use in preventive maintenance for the body?
  • is not a mango?
  • has a rind that is used in tanning and dyeing?
  • is mentioned in Chinese medical accounts dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D.-1644 A.D.)?
  • has been used by tens of thousands of people for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years?
  • weighs generally about 80-140 grams?
  • usually contains only 2-3 seeds?
  • comes from a tree that can grow to a height of up to 75 feet?
  • grows on a tree that takes up to ten years of cultivation in order to bear fruit, and produces fruit twice each year
  • twigs from this tree are used in Ghana as “chew sticks”?
  • is claimed by some to be the best tasting fruit in the world?
  • has been said to have been Queen Victoria’s favorite fruit?
  • is known as the “food of the gods” and “queen of fruits” in some areas around the world?