Mangosteen Origin and HistoryThe mangosteen fruit originated in the Malay Archipelago of Indonesia and quickly spread throughout the warm tropical climates of Southeast Asia . The small dark purple fruit with a delicious white pulp grows abundantly and is harvested twice a year from a small evergreen tree. However it takes 7 years before the tree produces this amazing fruit.
Native people throughout Southeast Asia have historically used the fruit for its natural properties. When Europeans explored Southeast Asia then the folklore related to the mangosteen spread quickly throughout western culture. Transporting the fresh fruit was very challenging. The story goes that Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom was very enthusiastic about this fruit and supposedly offered a knighthood or a large sum of money to whoever could bring her copious quantities. This may be a myth but nevertheless mangosteen is often known as the Queen of Fruit.
It was not until XanGo launched XanGo Juice in 2002 that mangosteen began to achieve widespread recognition and acceptance in western markets, such as the U.S. and Canada.
Some Traditional Ways of using Mangosteen
- The mangosteen rind was sliced and dried, then ground to a powder and administered as an herbal preparation.
- The mangosteen rind was steeped in water overnight and taken as a tea.
- The mangosteen rind was made into an ointment and applied externally as a lotion.
It should be mentioned that the mangosteen is so revered in Thailand that the Thai government recognizes it as the country’s national fruit.