Mango… what?

12 Aug


Today I headed over to Coles supermarket with a friend at lunch to pick up a few supplies.  My friend spotted an odd looking specimen in the fruit section and insisted that we must try it!  At a $1.75 a pop I tried to dissuade her but she was firmly set in her plan to try this ugly looking fruit.

We had to watch a video to find out how to prepare and eat it…

Then we decided  (well I decided) that we should photographically document the experience… As you do.  I mean, as I do.

Oh, looks like garlic!  Delicious!  Not.  Time to taste then!

You know… it doesn’t taste like I thought a piece of $1.75 fruit would taste like.  Kind of like a cross between passionfruit and a lychee.  Tangy at first, then a slightly bitter after taste.

BUT – I read what the health benefits of mangosteen was and maybe I need to start investing…

1. Anti-fatigue (energy booster)

2. Powerful anti-inflammatory (prevents inflammation)

3. Analgesic (prevents pain)

4. Anti-ulcer (stomach, mouth and bowel ulcers)

5. Anti-depressant (low to moderate)

6. Anxyolytic (anti-anxiety effect)

7. Anti-Alzheimerian (helps prevent dementia)

8. Anti-tumor and cancer prevention (multiple categories cited) shown to be capable of killing cancer cells

9. Immunomodulator (multiple categories cited) – helps the immune system

10. Anti-aging

11. Anti-oxidant

12. Anti-viral

13. Antibiotic (modulates bacterial infections)

14. Anti-fungal (prevents fungal infections)

15. Anti-seborrheaic (prevents skin disorders)

16. Anti-lipidemic (blood fat lowering, LDL)

17. Anti-atherosclerotic (prevents hardening of arteries)

18. Cardioprotective (protects the heart)

19. Hypotensive (blood pressure lowering)

20. Hypoglycemic (anti-diabetic effect, helps lower blood sugar)

21. Anti-obesity (helps with weight loss)

22. Anti-arthritic (prevention of arthritis)

23. Anti-osteoporosis (helps prevent the loss of bone mass)

24. Anti-periodontic (prevents gum disease)

25. Anti-allergenic (prevents allergic reaction)

26. Anti-calculitic (prevents kidney stones)

27. Anti-pyretic (fever lowering)

28. Anti-Parkinson

29. Anti-diarrheal

30. Anti-neuralgic (reduces nerve pain)

31. Anti-vertigo (prevents dizziness)

32. Anti-glaucomic (prevents glaucoma)

33. Anti-cataract (prevents cataracts)

34. Pansystemic – has a synergistic effect on the whole body


34 reasons to eat mangosteen right there!  34!  Incredible.  Maybe I understand the obscene price now… It’s a Super Fruit!

6 Responses to “Mango… what?”

  1. Nicole August 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    I’ve never heard of a manosteen, but look at those benefits! Woo!

    • Amanda August 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

      Crazy stuff huh! They should be bottling it! 😉

  2. Vanessa August 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Inspired by this discovery of this super fruit I searched and located them at coles, it took me about 10 minutes to cut open which I did not expect…. but to my horror the beautifully pictured fruit from your page had been swapped with and Ogre’s booger…. boo! how can you tell that it is past its use by date?

    • Amanda August 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

      Lol! Awwww that’s not cool! I have no idea!

  3. Polly6034 August 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Oh these are so yummy – I discovered them on a recent trip to Malaysia (along with Durians, not so yummy…). You are spot on with the description – lychee x passionfruit. I imagine they’d be great in a cocktail!

    So sad that they are $1.75 each. They are around $1.50 for a huge bag over there! Might go hunting around Brisbane for some.

    xx Polly

    • Amanda August 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

      Geesh! Need to go to Malaysia I reckon! Don’t get me started on cocktails… 😉

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