Monday, July 13, 2009

THE QUEEN of FRUITS

LIQUOR MADE FROM MANGOSTEEN FRUIT
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

15 comments:

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

I'm hoping I've got the posting problem fixed if so please post so I know if you stop by Malcolm

Martyn said...

If you are sober enough to read this after all that red and white wine then here goes.

You probably know enough about me by now to know that I do like fruit but beer and cigarettes get in the way of me eating it. I have tried mangosteen before and after reading the benefits that your post states then I'm going to make sure I eat plenty of it on my next trip. The health properties that "the Queen of Fruits" contain are truly amazing and too good to miss and I'm going to make sure young Wilai reminds me to eat my daily ration.

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

Martyn thanks for stopping by , and giving me a read ,yes I think I read somewhere in the net that it will help you to quit the smokes too , ,but I think once a beer drinker always a beer drinker. hope all is well up your way and november is getting closer all the time ,besides other tan ms.wilia your're not missisng a lot, it's raining almost every day and up north lots of flooding . Malcolm

Mike said...

Malcolm I love this fruit.

One thing I quickly discovered is that the juice makes a right mess on your clothes (corrosive)if you drop it on cotton.
Perhaps thats why its so effective as a medicine.

Talen said...

I absolutely love mangosteen's. I'm like Martyn I get my fruit by drink and smoke but trying to stop that. The one exception is the mangosteen and knowing I can drink it the slippery slope has appeared again lol.

*lynne* said...

I've not heard of mangosteen liquor - I wonder how that would taste.. I too totally love the fruit: its consistency is always a pleasant surprise, and its taste so delicate... I also have not heard of the rind being used for dyeing pruposes although I'm sure it's a great industry - and rind juice splashes on your shrit won't come off!! :D

Anonymous said...

Wow; u chaged ur banner dedicated to the "mangosteen" !

Camille said...

Hi Malcolm,

Love the mangosteena and also the King of fruits, the Durian!

Martin in Bulgaria said...

You certainly have wised up many people with this post Malcolm. I for one didn't know half the facts on this fruit. Why isn't it exported more?

I would imagine like you say that the sugar content makes it an excellent choice for wine and distilling.

Glad you go got the comments prolem fixed (again).

Kindest

Martin and Galia

MJ Klein said...

Malcolm, i can say that i learned my new thing for today! we have mangosteens in Taiwan but i had no idea they were so beneficial to our health and well-being. i'm going to go find some now!

SiamRick said...

Well, thanks to your post on mangosteens, I now have a new fruit on my menu. I'll bet I paid more for them than you did! They're imported from Thailand and cost 140 baht/lb. (300bt/kilo) in Chinatown here in Toronto. Very, very nice texture and taste. I was surprised at the size of the pit. But I did notice in your picture that the central fruit is much bigger than in the ones we get. Looks like you picked the best ones before they were exported.;-)

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