Lanzones, also known as Duku Langsat, Langsat or Lansium domesticum, is a famous family of antioxidant rich fruit grown in Southeast Asia. Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are the greatest producers of this Mahogany family species fruit. Each varies in taste, shape and colour, but can only be differentiated by those who are used to eating them. Thailand’s Langkong lanzones are the most popular variety as they are sweet and easy to peel.
The fruit, which looks like small potatoes, can be elliptical, oval, or round in shape and are usually borne in clusters similar to grapes. Their skin (whose thickness varies) is thin with small yellow hair giving it a slightly fuzzy look. Larger lanzones are also grown which are known as Duku.
Lanzones are an epitome of healthy minerals. Each serving of lanzone contains carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, fructose, phosphorus, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid and phytin. Here are some of their claimed health benefits:
Therefore, not just the fruit but the whole plant offers natural medical aid. Unfortunately these fruits do not travel well and must be consumed within days of being picked from the tree. So, it is unlikely you will see them in an Australian market any time soon. But do look out for them the next time you travel to Southeast Asia.
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