RED AND WHITE WINE MADE FROM MANGOSTEEN FRUIT
AND THE QUEEN OF FRUITS or as some call it THE FRUIT OF THE GODS
Mid-Summer is my favorite time of the year in Thailand as it the time of the year when some of the best fruit in the whole world is available , and many times you can just pick it off the trees or off the vines right in your own backyards or in a neighboring field and even sometimes , just growing wild along the sides of the road if you live in the country side like Ciejay and me, for yourself, and if you don't have them growing near, then get out to one of the small local farmers markets that come to our villages about twice a week , there are so many varities of fruit avaliable that you don't know which ones to choose.
That use to be a difficult decision for me too until I discovered the great taste and the wonderful health benefits of the Queen of fruits or as some folks call it the Fruit of the Gods,MANGOSTEEN.Never in all my life have I tasted a fruit that I enjoyed eating so much. I was also amazed at all the health benefits from , not only eating the fruit , but from drinking it's juice and all the uses of the purple skin that surrounds the fruit inside.
Ciejay and me both love to eat the mangosteen fruit as often as possible without getting burned out on it , so we rotate it with other greats , the likes of papaya, rose apples,rambutan, mangos and of course when Ciejay is not looking a Durian(called the King of Fruits ) in most parts of Thailand is a all time favorite for me and one that my Doctor tells me to stay away from, WHY are all the good stuff bad for you .
Me and Ciejay are also the local dealers for Hanuman Winery Co. The vinyard and gardens and the winery are located in Chantaburi. They make an award winning Red and White wine from the Queen of Fruits,Mangosteen and a great Liquor , all chemical free and all the fruit grown in orchards that are 100 % organic in nature and growth , some of the trees are 100 years old.
And the big selling point time and time again aside from the great taste of the wine is it's medicinal value. Their fantastic red wines and white liquors have recieved "THE BEST OF WINE AND LIQUOR AWARDS"recognition from the IFHS Food and Beverage Thailand in the year of 2006. If you have never tried mangosteen wine before, come on over to Whang Pho and I'll chill a bottle just for you .
In this post I want to share with you a few facts I have gleamed from the net and a lot of info from a web site http://www.mangosteenfruitinfo.com/ . and I hope you enjoy all the info and fascinating health benefits from a fruit, that are found here in this amazing place we call Thailand.
WHAT IS MANGOSTEEN?
The mangosteen ,is a small purple fruit about the size of a tangerine,with a rind similar to that of a pomegranate.In Thailand it is known as the "queen of fruits" and is prized for its taste and medicinal value.
In India,Thailand and China preparations made from the rind are used as antimicrobial and anti-parasitic treatments for dysentery and other forms of infectious diarrhea. The plants astringent qualities are also useful in preventing dehydration and the loss of essential nutrients from the gastrointestinal tract of diarrhea suffers.The Thai people take advanatage of the mangosteen's antimicrobial properties to treat infected wounds,tuberculosis,malaria,urinary tract infections,syphlis, and gonorrhea.
It has long been recognized in Asia that the mangosteen has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is therefore effective in treating eczema,and other skin conditions , other countries use it as a tea for fatigue and one country even uses it as a de-worming agent , in Venezuela, parasitic skin infections are treated with a poultice made from the rind of the mangosteen , and the Filipinos use a fruit preparation to control a fever. knowledge of the mangosteen is spreading quickly ,and it is becoming known in countries far removed from where it is grown.
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MANGOSTEEN.....
. IS A TROPICAL FRUIT OF ASIA
. IS THE NATIONAL FRUIT OF THAILAND
.CONTAINS 43 OF THE MORE THAN 200 XANTHONES FOUND IN NATURE
.IS NOT A MANGO
.IT IS IN THE SAME FAMILY AS ST. JOHN'S WART
.HAS A RIND THAT IS USED FOR TANNING AND DYEING
.IS MENTIONED IN CHINESE MEDICAL ACCOUNTS DATING BACK TO THE MING DYNASTY (1368 A.D.-1644 A.D.)
.TWIGS FRON THE TREE ARE USED FOR "CHEW STICKS" IN GHANA
.THE TREE CAN GROW TO THE HEIGHT OF 75 FEET
. IS CLAIMED BY SOME TO BE THE BEST TASTING FRUIT IN THE WORLD
.HAS BEEN SAID TO BE QUEEN VICTORIA'S FAVORITE FRUIT
Now I found all this info to be very interesting to me since I personally had never even heard of the mangosteen fruit or it's great taste and health benefits till I came to Thailand , I think that maybe some of you are like me as well , I hope that this post has alerted you to the healthy benefits of the fruit, mangosteen for your life and like me that you will see this wonderful fruit in a whole new perspective , the next time you buy it at the market. Here's to your good health. Malcolm