Saturday, March 19, 2005

Queen of Fruits

I tried some of these the other day:

They are called Mangosteens, grown in Thailand, where they are known as the "Queen of Fruit".

And the taste!!!! Its a combination of apricots and peaches and raspberries and mangos and every sweet fruit you can think of, in succulent white flesh. Does anyone know if they sell them in Bahrain and where? Soug almarkazi (central market) maybe?

Can't wait to dig in an entire box.

Posted by BB @ 3/19/2005 03:28:00 PM

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yeah they're available at supermarkets. I've seen them both at Al-Osra and Jawad. They must also be available at some outlets at the Central Market.

They're nice, but I prefer mangos!

Posted by Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif @ 3/19/2005 05:10:00 PM #

It is called Mangosteen. 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. I ate a lot of them when I went to Malaysia. The interesting part is that the dried Mangosteen and other tropical fruits are used as traditional medicine especially for beauty treatment. I spent a lot of time learning about their usefulness. I quote the following from a book I have on Mangosteen:

“The sliced and dried rind is powdered and administered to overcome dysentery. Made into an ointment, it is applied on eczema and other skin disorders. The rind decoction is taken to relieve diarrhea and cystitis, gonorrhea and gleet [a watery discharge, ed.] and is applied externally as an astringent lotion. A portion of the rind is steeped in water overnight and the infusion given as a remedy for chronic diarrhea in adults and children”

Personally, I like the taste of the Mangosteen but would not call it the queen of the fruits as I tasted many other delicious tropical fruits.

As Mahmood said, this fruit is available in the majority of the supermarkets in Bahrain (the Big one). But they are a bit expensive.

Posted by Blogger Bahraini by nature @ 3/19/2005 05:36:00 PM #

Aah This is my favourite. It is called Durian or the King of the fruits.

The size of this fruit is unbelievable. I have a picture with a Durian that was half of my size. But there is one problem with Durian. Its smell is very strong and can stay in your room for a week if you keep the fruit in your room overnight.

Posted by Blogger Bahraini by nature @ 3/19/2005 05:52:00 PM #

Some tropical hotels actually frisk you to be sure that you're not sneeking a dorian into your room! I've never tried it but very willing to... they liken it to "smelly socks" but very powerful, but if you close your nostrils they apparently taste very nice...

Posted by Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif @ 3/19/2005 06:51:00 PM #

I'm craving for Mangosteens. I can't believe i haven't come across them before especially since my father loves exotic fruit, making us eat Avocado at the age of four, which I hated !! (but actually I love avocado now).

I was staying over my friend's place when she starting peeling at a big bowl of them. I tried one, two took a third and told myself to stop at the fourth- i didn't wana seem too greedy.

So basically the King (the durian) is ugly and stinks and the Queen (mangosteen) smells good and beautifully packaged.

Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 3/19/2005 07:28:00 PM #

i never knew u can buy them in Bahrain, thanks for the tips Mahmood

- the last time i tasted these fruits was a month ago, we were given them during an assignment in the field and they we had run out of glucose biscuits - so they just gave us these green fruits that felt hard but soft on the inside

- and yea - they stink bad! really bad - its like this stuffy feeling as well - and the juice of the fruit has a cursed stain - one that doesn't get washed away if squirted on your clothes while consuming them

- apparently either u get yo clothes washed right that minute or the stain wouldn't leave.

But anyways i'll be checking out spinneys soon for them.

Cheers :)

Posted by Blogger Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) @ 3/20/2005 03:11:00 AM #

Something very well know about Durian (The King of Fruits) aka Jack fruit “Smells like lavatories, tastes like heaven”
I am wondering this is the first time you guys re getting exposed to such fruits? How about rambutan?

Posted by Blogger Wardat_il'7leej @ 3/20/2005 07:48:00 AM #

Its been aeons since I had one of those - I love them! and yes, they're good for many ailments too :)

Posted by Blogger AA @ 3/20/2005 01:24:00 PM #

don't like those rambutan thingies.. they're sweet, slimey and their huge stone could easily slip and lodge itself in your thoat, probably killing you!

Posted by Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif @ 3/20/2005 02:49:00 PM #

You have to be a rambutan-eating expert :)

Posted by Blogger Wardat_il'7leej @ 3/21/2005 11:23:00 AM #

och lassie, I'll leave the expertise to Bahrania, she's much better at this sort of thing than I would ever be!

Posted by Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif @ 3/21/2005 04:46:00 PM #

expertise? what expertise... i like anything that is sweet and juicy...simple..mangosteens fit this description nicely... i hate sour..

my favourite fruit of all time has to be indian/pakistani mangoes!

to be honest, my daily intake of fruit is quite bad... im a bit of a pill-popper...take my mulivitamins on a daily basis along with junk food. its pretty bad... eating healthy is just too much effort in this day and age :)

Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 3/21/2005 08:26:00 PM #

What expertise do you require to eat a rambutan??!!!! You open the fruit by splitting the tough skin with a thumbnail and peeling it off. Or you can draw a knife around its middle and pull the top off to reveal a lovely firm white fruit in its own miniature egg cup that's easy to hold or hand to a friend. To eat, pop the rambutan whole into your mouth and chew your way around the single seed that you'll find in the centre.

Tropical hotels do not only ban you from sneaking Durian to your room. They also ban Mangosteen. The Mangosteen’s skin would color everything it touches.

Bahrania… (a) you reminded me by the summer when I go to the central market and buy 2 or 3 boxes of the pakistani mangos. I mix these mangos with whatever available at home to make wonderful juices. Have you tried the Egyptian Mangos? It suppose to be really good.

(b) You will be surprised if I tell you that I haven’t eaten any junk food in my life!! well, maybe few times but you wouldn’t count them. Mt mum banned any junk food to come to our house since we were kids. She raised us on the concept of Eat healthy, live healthy and think healthy… sound german eh? :)

Posted by Blogger Bahraini by nature @ 3/21/2005 09:00:00 PM #

Indeed, the Pakistani mango is the king of fruits... don't even dare compare them with Indian or Egyptian mangoes!

But actually there are tens of distinct varieties of mangoes cultivated in Pakistan... I can name about ten off the top of my head and I'm no expert by any means.

And if you're getting you're Pakistani mangoes from the central market then it means you are most likely getting one of the mediocre varieties. There is only one shop on the island (deep in the Souq) that regularly supplies the top quality mangoes.

There's still several months left before the start of the mango season, but I'll definitely have a post about it then, covering Pakistani mango culture and "mango diplomacy".


Posted by Blogger Chanad @ 3/21/2005 11:28:00 PM #

I've heard the name but never actually seen one. Yum, I can't wait to get my hands on one.

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Posted by Blogger moodZ @ 3/26/2005 09:16:00 PM #

hmm.. they look like garlic if u ask me.. nice bowl though!

Posted by Blogger moodZ @ 3/26/2005 09:18:00 PM #

LOL. I had a lot when I was in Malaysia (1994). It was love at first taste!

A Malay friend introduced some wierd fruits which we've never came across in our lives.

1. Rambutan ( I didn't like it )

2. Mangosteen!

Good luck with the Mangosteens. They are quite expensive to buy in Bahrain.

H Ali

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