Mangosteen, an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, bears fruits with dark-purple rind and white flesh whose tangy sweetness and adorable appearance garner fans from all over the world. In Thai, mangosteen is called mangkhud, as in the recent super typhoon Manghut that made landfall in the Philippines and persisted destruction in Hong Kong and China.
The packs of mangosteen tea I purchased in the Philippines last month do not come with preparation instructions. I savored fresh mangosteen for the very first time in Indonesia more than ten years ago; the flavor was indescribably scrumptious, so sweet and juicy that I presumed indelibility. When re-encountering mangosteen last month, I could recall neither the flavor nor how the tough shell could be squeezed, twisted, and crushed by hand to expose the sheltered edible flesh. No way will I forget again as I have found over-priced mangosteen, probably air-flown from Asia, at one local supermarket.
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