Health Facts About A Thai Wonderfruit, Mangosteen

Mangosteen is a common Thai fruit, available across Thailand. It is also available in India’s leading supermarkets as it is listed as one of 83 products under Thailand-India FTA’s Early Harvest Scheme in which import duty is not imposed on.

Called ‘Mang-khut’ in Thai, mangosteen is honoured the Queen of tropical fruits.

It comes with a dark purple skin and white, sweet, scented flesh divided into segments. It can be eaten raw, poured into drinks, made into tarts or ice-cream, or added to seafood curries.

In the Spectrum supplement of the Sunday Tribune, New Delhi’s issue on 15 September 2013, Dr. Chiranjit Parmer gave facts about mangosteen’s secret health benefits.

The Royal Thai Embassy brought this column to its website’s fans.

A New Wonderfruit

Mangosteen, which has been rated by connoisseurs as the best flavoured fruit in the world, has is also now attaining the status of a wonderfruit. Researchers have found that it contains more than 40 biologically-active, natural chemical compounds called Xanthones – powerful antioxidants and immune system boosters like alpha-mangosteen, gamma-mangosteen and garcinone E which is a strong anti-tumour agent. Mangosteen is a fruit native to South East Asia. In India it is cultivated in South.

Khanin Boonyasopat

Report from New Delhi