Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 23 – Mangosteen

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, mangosteens.


These knobbly looking fruits are in all the markets and supermarkets right now.  The mangosteen is the fruit of a tropical tree (Garcinia mangostana for the technically minded) which is native to Indonesia. In Chinese, they are 山竹 (shān zhú).

The skin is soft when harvested but soon dries to hard, dark purple shell. Cutting through the shell reveals the edible fruit which is formed in four to eight triangular sections surrounding the plant’s seed. The flesh of the fruit is white, juicy and soft. I like ’em.

. This entry was posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 10:10 am and is filed under Food and Drink, Friday Food. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Friday Food 23 – Mangosteen”

  1. Michael Says:

    You know I’d never eaten one of these until just a few nights ago at the in-laws. Pleasantly surprised by the super sweet taste. We now have some in the fridge.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I only came across them last summer and worked out what they were. My fridge has some, too!

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