Have you ever heard of mangosteen? Some form of mango, possibly? Not at all! It is actually a tomato-like fruit with a thick peel the colour of aubergine, containing pearl-white segments that look like mandarins and have a deliciously sweet taste! This tropical delight comes from south-east Asia, where it grows on huge trees that can reach up to 80 metres in height. Because of its refined flavour and numerous beneficial effects, mangosteen is also known as ‘the king of the fruits’.
Mangosteen is a true superfruit! Its flesh has a delicate sweet taste similar to lychees, but it is prized above all for its many health-giving properties. Buddhists have been using mangosteen for more than 2,000 years to combat tiredness and to treat inflammations. In particular, the peel (and, to a lesser extent, the flesh) are rich in polyphenols like xanthones and tannins. The best mangosteen puree is made from a combination of both the peel and the pleasant tasting flesh.
A source of xanthones
Because it is the richest source of xanthones in the world, mangosteen can rightly be called a unique fruit. Of the 200 known types of xanthone, more than 50 are present in mangosteen. And when add to this the fact that xanthones are amongst the powerful anti-oxidants found in nature, it becomes easy to understand why people in Asia have so highly valued this remarkable fruit for centuries. Biotona also recognises the health-giving power of mangosteen and for this reason has added 100% pure mangosteen puree to its range.
A number of scientific studies have shown that xanthones can help to combat inflammations. These powerful anti-oxidants also support the body’s natural resistance and provide protection for cells against free radicals. Cardio-vascular health can likewise benefit from a regular dose of xanthones, as can your airways. What’s more, all these health-giving benefits are combined with a really delicate flavour, which makes Biotona Mangosteen well worth a try! The texture is somewhere between a juice and a puree, making it ideal for inclusion in all different kinds of recipes, ranging from a layered breakfast jar to a scrumptious mangosteen mocktail.