Easily one of the most exotic fruits you will taste in Vietnam, mangosteen is only in season from May until August. Even the Vietnamese get excited for mangosten season. With thick purple rind, and soft, tangy flesh, mangosteens are easy to find in supermarkets and street-side vendors all over Vietnam.
How to eat it
Gently squeeze the fruit along the middle to break the skin and lightly twist its shell apart. Pull out a pod of fruit and pop it in your mouth to unleash the flavour! Watch out: larger pods may contain a seed. Tuck into mangosteen on its own or in a savoury southern salad (gỏi măng cụt.)