Not that long ago, you would have to travel to the infamous Spice Islands to feast on the mighty mangosteen, but since it’s nutritional properties have become more widely known, they’re popping up in gourmet stores (selling for up to $45 a pound in New York City) and as a major ingredient in some health food drinks.

Because of fears of the dreaded Asian fruit fly, any imported mangosteen is now irradiated, but if you’re travelling in equatorial regions you can still find the real deal offered by street vendors. The firm fruit takes a little practice to properly open so you might want to ask a local for help, especially since the purple fruit juice will stain your skin or any fabric it comes in contact with, which can be fun if you plan on it but a little embarrassing if you don’t.

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