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Meet the marvelous Mangosteen: A taste of paradise

Imagine the most succulent, mouthwatering exotic fruit you’ve ever tasted and you’ve pretty much summed up the Mangosteen. This tropical delight has only recently made its debut in the United States, and Frieda’s Specialty Produce is one of a handful of U.S. companies able to share the joy!

Don’t be fooled by the name. A Mangosteen is not like a mango at all. The outside leathery-woody rind is more akin to a small Pomegranate, and its inner segmented flesh (known as “arils” in the fruit-geek world) is somewhat like an orange – only creamy white and tastes nothing like citrus.

So what does this Thailand native “Queen of Fruits” actually taste like? Well, to some, the Mangosteen is a transcendental experience – hard to describe! But if you had to put it in words, one might say the Mangosteen is juicy, silky, decadent, sweet, fragrant and oh-so-good!

“Mangosteens are best described as ‘a tropical fruit explosion in your mouth,’” said Karen Caplan, president and CEO of Frieda’s Inc. “In addition to an amazing flavor profile, the Mangosteen is also considered a trend-setting ‘super fruit.’”

Many believe that the fruit’s woody purplish rind is what contains most of the antioxidants (and phytochemicals called “xanthones”), so liquid Mangosteen supplements are often made with the whole fruit, rind included. You might see Mangosteen juice alongside acai juice or noni in the health food store, and sometimes you can find dried or freeze-dried fruit, but of course, nothing beats fresh, whole Mangosteen. Look for them in the specialty produce section of your grocery store, or purchase online at

Select a fruit that gives slightly to gentle pressure on the outer shell. To eat a fresh Mangosteen, carefully score the outer shell around the “equator” of the fruit, then gently remove the top half. Pull out the juicy segments with a fork and enjoy a taste of paradise.

Founded in 1962 by Frieda Caplan, Frieda's, Inc. was the first wholesale produce company in the U.S. to be founded, owned and operated by a woman. Once a small produce stand at the Los Angeles Produce Market, Frieda's has emerged as the nation's premier marketer and distributor of specialty produce and now offers more than 600 specialty items to grocery and specialty stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Frieda’s, Inc.
4465 Corporate Center Drive
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2561 U.S.A.

Publication date: 2/24/2009


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