Fruit Underground: The Secrets Of Durian & Mangosteen
POSTED ON 8/18/2005 | PERMALINK |
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The Thai Ministry of Public Health has issued a warning against excessive durian consumption.The durian is a tall tree towering as high as 40m in the jungle rainforest or in semi-orchard. The fruit is green to brown in colour, pendulous, round to oblong in shape and is completely covered with strong sharp thorns. It is a capsule which splits into five parts when ripe and each segment contains brown seeds covered with thick, firm, creamy, yellow pulp with an overpowering aroma.
Mangosteen--widely considered the "queen of all fruit"--carries too many flies to be permitted in the U.S.
The mangosteen is one of the most praised of tropical fruits, and certainly the most esteemed fruit in the family Guttiferae. There are 4 to 8 triangular segments of snow-white, juicy, soft flesh. The flesh is slightly acid and mild to distinctly acid in flavor and is acclaimed as exquisitely luscious and delicious.