Found this last week right after I made my last ABC Wednesday post for W. I had my bird book right beside me when I suddenly thought, I wonder if there is a bird name beginning with X. Hmm... all I came up with was Xanthocephalus -- the Latin name for the yellow-headed blackbird. I didn't think it was fair to use a Latin word for our project, so I sat and mulled it over a little bit and then I had some inspiration! Cephalus had to be to do with head, for example the illness encephalitis, and this is a yellow headed blackbird. Well of course Xantho must mean yellow. So off I went on a trip through Google and what a lot of interesting things I found there! I skipped over the chemical stuff but did find that XANTHONE is an organic compound.
Among other things, I discovered that it is found in the mangosteen fruit, a fruit native to South East Asia. It is a yellow, latex-like substance actually found in the skin of the mangosteen seed pod.
The fruit and rind.
Showing the reddish yellow inside rind where Xanthones are found.
I expect all you health conscious readers already know that the mangosteen fruit is full of anti-oxidents. I had never heard of it but apparently you can purchase health drinks that are derived from the mangosteen and its seed pod. (I'd look into this carefully first since it is also used in pesticides!)
I wonder if this is the first appearance of XANTHON on ABC Wednesday, if so I would be 'chuffed' to use a good Yorkshire word. Maybe you know, Roger.
Once again this is my entry for our fabulous project ABC WEDNESDAY which is almost through with its eleventh round of the alphabet. Thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt, our founder and Roger, our esteemed manager. To see who was brave enough to tackle the letter X this week please click HERE.