Today we want to show you how to prepare a delicious exotic smoothie with purple mangosteen, “the queen of all fruits”. It’s light, sweet and refreshing – we’re sure you’ll love it. So let’s jump right in!
Mangosteen is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is native to Malaysia and other regions around the Indian Ocean, and is mainly grown and exported in Thailand.
Also known as the “Queen of Fruits” or purple mangosteen, mangosteens have a deep purple, hard rind surrounding a juicy white fruit.
The flavor of mangosteen is truly unique: a delicious cross between lychee, peach and strawberry with hints of zesty citrus. It’s sweet, fresh and tender.
The white flesh is juicy and fibrous. It consists of tangerine-like segments, some of which contain a hard seed. The seed looks a bit like an almond, but is inedible.
Mangosteens taste fresh in smoothies and salads. But they’re also used to make exotic desserts, ice cream, and even jams!
In this recipe, we paired mangosteens with coconut drink, which is the diluted version of canned coconut milk. You can find them in the plant milk section of your supermarket.
We like to do creative fruit combinations in our smoothie recipes, but we’ve kept the ingredient list short and sweet this time.
That’s because the flavor of mangosteen is so delicate that it’s easily overwhelmed by other fruits.
Coconut milk drinks instead add a creamy texture and sweet, nutty notes to the smoothie — without compromising the light flavor of the fruit.
But if you want to add other tropical fruits, you certainly can. Check out the recipe below for tips and inspiration!
Mangosteen is not only incredibly delicious, but also healthy.
They are low in calories and provide fiber, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and manganese. They also contain xanthones, plant compounds with beneficial antioxidant properties.
If you are new to buying mangosteens, you should know that they are harder to find than other, more common, exotic fruits.
That’s because mangosteens are native to tropical regions, have a short production season, and were only recently introduced to the west.
Your best bet is a well-stocked Asian food market. And be prepared to pay a little more than you would expect. Alternatively, you can also find mangosteens frozen or canned, and probably cheaper, in specialty markets or supermarkets.
Ok, now it’s time to dust off your trusty blender and prepare this wonderful mangosteen smoothie together!
And if you want to try even more tropical smoothies, try this Rambutan Smoothie, Sweet Jackfruit Smoothie or Guava Mango Smoothie. You are a real delight!