Garcinia prainiana, Cherapu, Button Mangosteen

Garcinia prainiana

Cherapu, Button Mangosteen
Family: Clusiaceae / Guttiferae
Origin: Thailand, Borneo
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterPink flowersEdible plantFragrant plant

Garcinia prainiana prefers full sun and must be grown in a well-draining soil that contains high organic matter for optimal plant health. The plant thrives in warm, humid climates and well-watered soil, but is also capable of surviving extreme flooding and long dry periods in its native habitat. In colder climates, however, it must be grown in a large container to be overwintered indoors or in a heated greenhouse. It requires regular watering and in dry conditions, may need to be watered every day.

In USDA Zone 9-11 this tropical tree is self-fruiting and can reach a height of 10 to 20 ft tall and produce a bounty of fruits multiple times each year. The Button mangosteen tree is an attractive landscape feature, valued for its pink blooms and fresh fruits. The flesh of the orange fruits is firm and juicy, containing small dark seeds with a delicate sweet-sour flavor. This unique flavor combination is highly valued in traditional Asian cuisine, where Button mangosteen is often used as a dessert ingredient. Outside of the kitchen, the edible fruits also bring many health benefits. They are high in dietary fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals including calcium, phosphorous and iron, making them an excellent an addition to any nutrient-rich diet.

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