How to Prepare Mangosteen

  • 01 of 06

    Step #1: Buy Some Mangosteen Fruit

    Mangosteen Fruit
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    Step #1: Buying & preparing mangosteen fruit: Mangosteen is an amazing tropical fruit sold at Asian food stores and markets. It's the size of a tennis ball, with a firm shell that is deep purple.

    Health Benefits: Mangosteen is becoming known for its antioxidants and mico-nutrients. For more on the health benefits of mangosteen, seeĀ Mangosteen Research.

    For how to open a mangosteen, continue to step 2.

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  • 02 of 06

    Step #2: Make a Cut in Your Mangosteen.

    Cutting Mangosteen
    Making a Cut in the Mangosteen. Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    Step #2: To open your mangosteen, hold it firmly on its side and make a cut with a serrated knife. The older the mangosteen, the harder the skin will be (a sawing action may be needed). Cut shallowly, just enough to create an opening for your fingers to get in (see next step).

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  • 03 of 06

    Step #3: Open the Mangosteen

    Preparing Fresh Mangosteen
    Opening the Mangosteen. Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    When you have made a cut about half-an-inch deep, try prying the fruit open with your fingers, or gently pulling it apart with your hands. If you can't do this, or can't see the white of the fruit, you haven't cut deeply enough.

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  • 04 of 06

    Step #4: Open Your Mangosteen.

    Mangosteen step 4
    Opening the Mangosteen 'Shell' to Reveal the Fruit. Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    Step #4: Pull away the skin to reveal the white mangosteen fruit. Tip: If a little of the purple 'shell' of the mangosteen sticks to the fruit, don't be tempted to remove it. This deep purple skin is full of antioxidants and valuable micro-nutrients.

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  • 05 of 06

    Separating the Mangosteen Fruit.

    Mangosteen step 5
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/31/10

    Mangosteen fruit looks like an orange in that it has sections. However, the seeds are soft and edible and don't need to be removed - you probably won't even notice they're there.

    Mangosteen has a sweet flavor and very soft texture, and is very yummy to eat!

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  • 06 of 06

    Step #6: Enjoy Your Mangosteen Fresh, or Use it to Make an Exotic Dessert!

    Mangosteen Clafouti
    Yummy Mangosteen Clafouti. Taken by D.Schmidt for About.com

    Mangosteen can be eaten as is, or combined with other fruits in a fresh fruit salad. It can also be used in desserts, such as my: Mangosteen Clafouti Recipe (shown here), or to top an Asian pudding, such as Thai Tapioca Pudding.