Mangosteen should not be confused with mango, an entirely different plant. It is part of a group known as the Guttiferae, a family of mainly tropical trees and shrubs that secrete an acrid yellow resinous juice. Mangosteen’s scientific designation is Garcinia mangostana. It is reputedly named after a French explorer, Jacques Garcin (1673-1751). In Europe and North America, the most recognisable member of this family is the popular herb, St. John’s wort, a well known medical plant.
Mangosteen is still relatively unknown in Australia. Surprisingly, mangosteen was first introduced into North Queensland in the early 1970s. The fruit is gaining a significant niche on the domestic market. There are currently about 23,500 mangosteen trees in Australia, varying in maturity and planted mainly in North Queensland and Northern Territory.
Of particular interest to researchers are a group of natural Polyphenols: the antioxidants Xanthones, found abundantly within the Mangosteen thick rind. Mangosteen and its Xanthones have been the subject of a growing body of scientific research in the last 5 years.
Mangosteen is classed as food, therefore our company cannot make health or therapeutic claims.