The “Gardenia mangostana” is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia. It produces the exotic, tropical fruit called Mangosteen.
Not a Mango but a Mangosteen.
Not to be confused with the familiar “Mango,” which is a well-known tropical fruit, the Mangosteen, often referred to as “purple” mangosteen, has a deep purple color on the exterior (the rind) when ripe and a bright white juicy inner flesh which is eaten.
What is so special about the Mangosteen Fruit?
The Mangosteen fruit contains phytonutrients called “xanthones,” It also has other groups of compounds, including anthocyanins, catechins, and flavonoids, all of which have their own list of studied therapeutic benefits.
These Xanthones are naturally-produced chemical compounds and are found in high concentrations in Mangosteen. They are considered to be some of the most “biologically active” plant-derived compounds and are reputed to have all manner of effects when consumed.