San Geraldo made his daily stop at Ana Crespillo’s fruit market here in Los Boliches (click for the Facebook page) and she had him try two new-to-him fruits. He liked them so much that he bought two of each so I could share in the ecstasy.
The first is called Mangostán. I’ve looked it up and learned the English name is Purple Mangosteen. It’s a tropical evergreen tree. The fruit I tasted had a subtle fragrance and a mild, pleasant, and very slightly tart flavor. It’s got little nutritional value, but that’s not the only reason I eat.
[Postscript: Although there is no scientific evidence that Mangostán has nutritional value, there have been no studies done on the fresh fruit — only canned fruit or juice. It is reputed to have quite a number of benefits.]
|MANGOSTÁN (PURPLE MANGOSTEEN).|
|ABOUT THE SIZE OF A TANGERINE.|
|ONLY THE WHITE PART OF THE FRUIT IS EDIBLE.|
Pictured below in San Geraldo’s unusually large hand (he’s got two of them and they are well-balanced by his unusually large feet), it looks much smaller than it is. I added a photo at the bottom of a granadilla alongside a plum-sized mangostán, so you can see the difference.