Purple Mangosteen / Manggis
Sitting in the roadside markets the fruit doesn’t have an appealing exterior, but don’t let that exterior fool you. We’ve found manggis to be extremely sweet and enjoyable.
You can open the manggis by inserting your thumbs into the skin and pulling it apart, or you can score the exterior with a knife and then pull it apart (the purple skin can stain your fingers).
After the fruit is opened you will find that the fruit has an appearance similar to garlic, with 6-7 slippery wet cloves. Usually you will find a seed in the largest of the cloves, with the other’s being void of them.
After having the manggis separated you simply eat! It’s flavor isn’t comparable to any other fruit.
The manggis is commonly referred to as “The Queen of Fruits,” with the durian carrying the title of “The King of Fruits.” We don’t know how these two were crowned as such, but we’ll go along with the culture and dignify these fruits with the titles they’ve been given.