Achachairu garcinia humilis Orange Bolivian Mangosteen
One of our mystery fruit this week is the Orange Mangosteen.
Garcinia humilis, known commonly as achachairu or achacha, is a small tree with a pyramidal canopy prolifically-fruiting tree related to the mangosteen. It grows in the southern part of the Amazon basin in the central area of Bolivia.
Achacha are tangy and refreshing with a delicate subtle sweetness, a fine balance between sweetness and acidity, producing an unusual taste sensation. In addition to having a great flavor, Achachairu fruit has more flesh relative to its weight, when compared to the renowned purple mangosteen.
Its rind is also palatable and easily utilized for beverages. The Bolivian name of the fruit is Achachairu and translated means honey kiss in Guarani language. Nutritionally, Achachas are valuable source of vitamin C and folate, as well as potassium, riboflaving and antioxidants.