Mangosteen is only available from May through August and is unquestionably one of the most unique fruits you will encounter in Vietnam. Even the Vietnamese are enthusiastic about mango season. Mangosteens, which have a soft, acidic flesh and a thick purple skin, are widely available in stores and from street vendors throughout Vietnam.
Mangosteen is a soft, silky fruit that is grown in Lai Thieu, Thuan An Town, Binh Duong Province. It has a sweet flavor with a trace of sweet sour. In addition to being consumed directly, mangosteen is used to prepare salad, smoothies, and ice cream for visitors to Lai Thieu garden.
How to eat it?
To separate the fruit’s shell and gently snap off the skin, gently squeeze the fruit along its middle. Take a fruit pod out of the pod and put it in your mouth to enjoy the flavor! Beware: bigger pods might include a seed. Mangosteen can be eaten alone or as part of a savory southern salad (gỏi măng cụt).
Reference price: 50,000-100,000 VND/kg (2-4 USD/kg)