Day 247 of 365 Things To Do in Panama
Day 247 of 365 Things To Do in Panama. Munch on Mangosteen!
The Mangosteen, another super fruit available in Panama is often referred to as "The Queen of Fruit" due its many medicinal properties.
The exotic tropical fruit has a thick purple rind. To eat it, cut open the mangosteen with a sharp paring knife, exposing the white, creamy flesh. Hold it between your palms and squeeze your hands together to crush open the purple shells. The delicious taste is a balance of sour and sweet - like eating strawberries and grapes.
No one knows where it came from but believe it originated in Burma or Thailand. A tree was planted in Panama in 1903 according to folklore.
Mangosteens are usually eaten raw. However, some people juice them, shell and all. You can also make fruit salads, ice creams and sorbets,
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