22 responses to “Garcinia mangostana”

  1. Lindy

    Mangosteens grow in Hawaii and are available at farmers markets and a few stores seasonally. The first time I tasted one I said this is better than sex!

  2. Brynn Allen

    Thank you for sharing Ian’s website. Living on a tropical Island and having narrowly missed being hit head on by hurricane Iwa and Iniki it is sobering to read his web updates and to realize that all of his hard work and beautiful trees were wiped out in one horrible morning. I have lived on the same property for 26 years and have developed relationships with all of the trees, shrubs and beach front plantings. Some may think me crazy, but I love my plants and I know on a cellular level they have been watching me too.

    Today, at Sunset Beach, the City is cutting down several Date palms, because of coastal erosion. They are leaving the roots and lower section of the palm tree in place to help hold in the sand. The top portions are being removed in case the palm topples over as they are close to the bike path and highway. A sad day for Sunset Beach, Oahu. A sad day for Parkland, Florida.

  3. Satish Babu

    Great piece!

    Here in Kerala, India, (where I live), mangosteens are almost a local cultivar. It is an expensive fruit, however. As reported, it is one of the most spectacular fruits in terms of its delicate flavour.

    Two other Garcinia species are traditionally consumed in this part of the world: Garcinia indica (kokum, which is used for making a purple-red syrup used as a beverage, and also for cooking), and Garcinia cambogia (whose rind is smoked and used as a souring agent in curries). Both these garcinias are associated with weight losses, for some reason.

  4. Wendy

    Well after Daniel‘s beautiful comment above I cannot find a thing to add to that sentiment except for, Hear, Hear!

    On the subject of mangosteen availability in other regions I can say however, that here in Germany and also in Switzerland one can find mangosteens fairly regularly in everyday grocery stores. Every time I buy them the cashier has to stop and ask what they are and look up their price code in a special pamphlet. I often wonder who else is buying these fruits but I am grateful that they are provided and do my best to encourage a steady supply!

  5. Erica

    There is a large fruiting mangosteen in south Florida on the estate of Bill Whitman who passed away in 2007. This is the only tree that fruits in continental USA. I have been priviledged to visit the tree (and the rest of his tropical fruit collection) but never at a time the mangosteen was fruiting.


  6. Steve Edler

    Spotted Wing Drosophila has made it to East Anglia in England & is a worry. I found it in our garden in Norfolk. We hang up an empty Coke bottle (plenty thrown away on the verges) with holes punched in it & cider vinegar plus a few drops of washing up liquid inside. After a week, there were a number inside. The project is coordinated by Dr Chris Thomas at Cambridge. Didn’t find any mangosteens unfortunately.

  7. Pat Collins

    Mangosteens have been availble in Northern England for at least 25 years. We have many Chinese, South and South East Asian grocers so exotic fruit is easily available. The big supermarkets often try to compete by getting the exotic fruit as well.

    The taste of mangosteens is superb and I found it fun cracking through the hard, dark-purple rind to get to the flesh. The mild acidity gives the juice the feeling of being effervescent.

  8. Ian

    Well, I still have most of my hair. More or less.

    Down but not yet dead. I have been trying to work with the USDA and am getting either no news or, bad news. I am still trying to save this farm. My people still have no electricity and only intermittent water. I am luckier than many and have not given up quite yet.

    A hurricane corridor and increased weather volatility have not been my friends but, we will see. My thanks to all.

  9. Katherine

    Spotted Wing Drosophila is definitely in the California San Francisco Bay Area. Showed up in my back yard in 2014. I contacted Vector Control and they said they were aware that it had made its way this far north.

    We had to remove our cherry tree because the fly made tiny pin prick holes in every cherry to lay eggs. I couldn’t find one that wasn’t ruined. If picked soon after, the cherries would not “keep” due to the holes and if you waited, you’d see the larvae coming out. After a couple of years of never being able to eat any cherries, we gave up and removed the tree. Causes some damage to apples too, but not as bad, and they did not seem to take to our raspberries, so that was good. Our winters have been warmer, so I guess it is here to stay.

    Daniel, I reread your comments on the mangosteen, but did not see what you thought of the fruit after sampling it…

    1. Pat Collins

      Do vinegar traps not work with the SWD? It works well as a control of Drosophila melanogaster.

  10. vicente perez

    en Colombia se cultiva tradicionalmente en Mariquita en tierra caliente ahora en febrero tenemos cosecha. es caro

  11. chris jankot

    is this perhaps what the Puerto ricans call “ganapay” and they say is out of this world?

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