The Grocer: Mangosteen
The purple hue of a mangosteen signals that the fruit is ripe and ready to be devoured. Dig beneath the skin to eat the flesh fresh, or throw it into a light, spring dish.
Touted as the ‘Queen of Tropical Fruits’, the mangosteen is a sweet little orb which also harbours a subtle tanginess, making it a delicious treat to eat fresh or combine in a warm-weather dish. Originally hailing from Southeast Asia, mangosteens are available over the summer months, making them perfect contenders for yoghurt panna cotta, zesty salsas, vibrant salads or sweet additions to a glass of sparkling wine. While you might not guess it from the leathery, red-purple skin, the flesh of a mangosteen is soft in texture and creamy white in colour. A typical mangosteen is about the size of a small apple and its flesh is divided into segments.
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