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mangosteen, or manggis

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The purple mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana),
colloquially known simply as mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, and also in tropical South American countries such as Colombia, in the state of Kerala in India and in Puerto Rico, where the tree has been introduced. The tree grows from 6 to 25 m (20–82 ft) tall.
The fruit of the mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, and somewhat fibrous, with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind (exocarp) when ripe. In each fruit, the fragrant edible flesh that surrounds each seed is botanically endocarp, i.e., the inner layer of the ovary.

The purple mangosteen belongs to the same genus as the other, less widely known, mangosteens, such as the button mangosteen (G. prainiana) or the charichuelo (G. madruno).

A description of mangosteen was included in the Species Plantarum by Linnaeus in 1753.

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin;
what else does a man need to be happy?”

Albert Einstein

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Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits . . .

The Fruits Came Calling by eof

The fruits came calling
One by one they lined the street
Munch on me, one said…

Ube, Dark as night
blows kiss to Guanabana
Sweet Detar, join us.

Kiss me, said White Star
The locals say Udala
Tasty gummy pulp…

Take me home with you
said Squared Watermelon
Not tonight, Durian…

I will walk Kumquat!
Take me too, cooed Passion fruit
Dragon fruit said squat…

Pomegranate smiles.
Monstera Deliciosa
Dance with me, Lychee…

A Soursop nodded
Sweetsop to you Pepino
I know, begged Ackee…

Buddha’s Hands wave back
Aguajefruit finger snaps!
Here comes Papaya…

I dreamt of breadfruit
Miraclefruit and Starfruit
Even Jackfruit called …

Biriba asked for…
African Horned Cucumber
CupuaƧu laughed…

Two Cashew Fruits cried
As Mangosteen fell down dead
Persimmon killed her…

Langsat’s my witness
And a sweet Kiwano fruit.
Feijoa or jail?

Two Urucum wept
A shameless Rambutan slept
Physalis is here…

Cherimoya dear
Jabuticaba does care…
Guava for your dreams?

The fruits came calling
One by one, they lined the street
Dream!, they said. I did…

© eof
- source : haiku-dreaming-of-exotic-fruits


dark brown mangosteens
cluster of tiny white flesh
stained permanently

- As we know mangosteens are dark brown in color when ripe. On the contrary the flesh is bright white and juicy with a sweet taste. But, one should bear in mind that the juice when get in contact with your cloth, the stained will remain permanently and appeared like a black spot!



Rain and shine
Ripened mangosteen
Monsoon sun

- Shared by Mokhtar Sah Malik
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013

Related words

Breadfruit (Sukun)

Locally known as 'Sukun' and this breadfruit usually eaten fried or with gravy.

by the English name
slices of breadfuit for tea
between raw or done

- Back in Malaysia, breadfruits is kind of having the link with the British when they were here. They prefer to have then raw as it tasted like bread. But to the Malaysian culture, they prefer it fried, so the choice is up to the individuals.




Favorite local fruit, called the king of fruits.

durian season
village in the country side
instant family

- Durian season is much awaited for from any other fruit seasons in Malaysia. Durian plantation are usually found in the village where old folks reside. Other members of the family rarely visited them in the village, but when the durian season comes, you can see all the relatives flocking home in the village. This incident is always quoted as 'instant family'!



Cicada on durian tree
Singing louder then magpie
Wild tropical jungle.

Mokhtar Sah Malik


Jackfruit (Nangka)

This fruit is commonly grown in South East Asia region.

jackfruit for desert
yellowish delicacy
a sticky business

- Jackfruit is quite tedious when it comes to peel of the fruit, it contains some sort of latex of gum from the skin. Usually you hands get sticky and messy by the chore.




I believe there is no English equivalent, name that is, to this local fruits.

a bunch of rambutans
running hands over my head
gnawing by the teeth

- Rambutan trees are usually quite tall but still one has to look up to see them. Buying a ready plucked rambutans from the tree is a difference experience when one pluck them from trees. By using a long pole, rambutans were brought down, and we usually eat them with free style of gnawing the skin to open it and eat the flesh.





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