I am now living in Vietnam and recently tried mangosteens. They were so delicious I could hardly stop eating them. No wonder Queen Victoria offered a knighthood to anyone who could bring her a ripe mangosteen! They are also just beautiful with the little white pillows of fruit surrounded by thick maroon skin. It is surprising that something so nondescript on the outside could be so incredible inside! It is a terrific surprise. To serve is a trick: the skin is leathery and if you cut it with a knife you almost always cut into the white flesh a little, which darkens with age and spoils the beauty of it. However, if you hold it between your hands with the stem at the top, and firmly press your two hands together where the fleshy part is below your thumbs, it will simply crack open and there will be no cutting necessary! The fruit will be perfect. Then using a fork or spoon or your fingers, life out the little white pillows in sections and enjoy. So fresh,refreshing, sweet and fleshy. Yum!