Mum was kind enough to send down a box of mangosteens for my brother and I (with a few rambutans thrown in) – she has a much lovelier photo of the fruit here. I have never seen mangosteens for sale down here, and very few of the people in Brisbane I’ve offered one to have heard of them.
They are an exotic treat, something I never appreciated enough when I lived in Daintree – someone described it as a mix between a lychee and a custard fruit, but I think they have a distinctive flavour all of their own. Sweet and smooth.
The last Christmas we were up in Daintree, in 2008, we had cocktails with mangosteen juice – terribly decadent and very delicious.