What a treat to be vacationing in the Philippines during May!  The markets are teeming with summer fruit, among them the sweetest of the sweet, the mangosteen.

This fruit has an exotic provenance to match its wonderful looks and absolutely, positively delectable taste.  It is believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas.  
The Sunda Islands currently fall under the jurisdiction of four countries (BruneiEast TimorIndonesia, and Malaysia) and are grouped into the Greater and the Lesser Sundas.  The Greater Sundas include the large islands of JavaSumatraBorneoand Sulawesi.  Note how close they are to the Philippines.
The Lesser Sundasa group of small islands north Australia, include BaliLombokSumbawa,

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