No other tropical fruit has been so highly praised as the Mangosteen. The combination of beautiful coloring and interesting shape with a delicate, enticing flavor ranks it above all other fruit of the Asiatic tropics. The mangosteen has none of the insipid flavor ascribed to many tropical fruits, and it is almost universally liked by the individuals tasting it for the first time.
The mangosteen is thought to be native to the Malay Peninsula and to the Molucca and Sunda Islands. It is extensively cultivated in the more humid parts of the Asiatic Tropics. The tree is an attractive columnar or pyramidal slow growing evergreen, which attain a height of 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 m). It has a strong central trunk with evenly spaced side branches, which become pendent at the tips as the tree ages. The leathery leaves are opposite, short stalked, and elliptic oblong with acuminate tips. The upper surface is bright shining green. The under surface is a dull green. All parts of the plant are without pubescence.
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