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On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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The mangosteen is the medium-sized, leathery-skinned fruit of an Asian tree, Garcinia mangostana. Its white flesh consists of the arils around several seeds, and is moist and has a pleasing sweet-tart balance, with a delicate, fruity and flowery aroma, something like a lychee. It’s usually eaten fresh or in preserves, and is also canned.