I am going to introduce you to a number of fruits from Malaysia including Mangosteen, Rambutan, Yellow Watermelon and Papaya.
Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana)
If you haven’t heard of this fruit, it has a very hard shell with a purple stain and normally grown in tropical climate mostly in Southeast Asia. However, I have occasionally seen them in Ranch 99 stores in Southern California where they are imported from Thailand. It’s hard to describe the flesh of the fruit but all i can say is it has a firm and somewhat soft white meat with sweet taste and some sourness to it.
How to Open up a mangosteen?
Hold the mangosteen together with both your palm and squeeze it. You will see a crack along the side of the mangosteen and then peel open half the fruit revealing the white fruits inside. Just dig the fruit out and you got yourself eating it. yum…
It’s a red hairy creature of fruits which has translucent meat with a seed inside after you have peeled the skin. Again, this is another fruit grown in the Southeast Asian countries. I have seen this at our local Southern California Ranch 99 store imported from Thailand.
The inside of the Rambutan
I am sure you have eaten this one before but have you seen it grown before. This is a common fruit in the southeast Asia and it’s so common that you can grow them in your backyard.
Below, we have the baby papaya plant and also the fully grown papaya with its fruits ready for plucking in a couple of weeks time.
How do you know when it’s ripe? You usually plug it when there is a slight green discoloration to it or else it will fall off the tree and becomes the spoil of the ground. So it’s important to plug it from the tree before it’s ripe and normally it will turn to some sort of yellow green with so slight aroma to it when it’s fully ripe.
but his is no ordinary watermelon… scroll down…