Mangosteen is a fruit that is unique to South-East Asia. The fruit is very hard to grow. It takes 8-15 years for a tree to bear fruits. The rind of the mangosteen is dark purple marked by a yellowish resin. To eat: Cut through the skin around the middle and lightly pull and twist apart. The bigger segments contain a seed. The inside of the mangosteen is arranged in white, soft sections, and is freshly scented. These segments taste sweet and sour and have a slight acid after-taste similar to grapes or strawberries.
There are three varieties of mangosteen: the first variety is a little acidic, the second is as sweet as candy, with big segments and a thin shell, and the last variety, called doi mangosteen, has crisp segments. The mangosteen season lasts from May to August.