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Aug 10, 2006 05:34 PM

Mangosteen coming soon... from Puerto Rico (NYT article)

Has anyone tried it? What do you think?

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  1. Interesting. I saw fresh mamey sapote for the first time the other day. Unfortunately they were all either rock hard or overripe and mushy.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Sapotes are supposed to be mushy. I grew up with a white sapote tree and they are at their best when they are like a very ripe avocado in texture. That's why they never appear in stores: they are impossible to manage.

    2. My sister and I love mangosteen. Reading the article makes me want to go and buy some over the weekend from the grocery store, luckily they sell them here in Toronto. The only thing is that I don't know how to pick them out.

      We were introduced to this fruit on a trip to Singapore last summer. They call them the Queen of Fruits (counter part to Durian which is the King). Sat at a little table at one of the fruit stalled and cracked them open by squeezing them between our hands. Watch out for the juice from the purple part!! My sister ate the whole big bagful we bought.

      Sweet and tangy and really refreshing at the same time. Only eat the white parts and don't forget to spit out the seed in each section. Ok, now I really need to go and buy some...

      1. A wonderful fruit that I've only had in Southeast Asia.

        Now what about mosambi (sweet lime)? I've only had this in India. It is apparently the citrus with the lowest acidity. According to one article I found online it supposedly isn't appreciated by western palates, but I love the juice.

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          1. re: Peter Cherches

            Sweet limes are grown in Southern California and also, I think, in Florida -- it's a speciality crop and they don't travel at all well (as my suitcase knows to its chagrin), but they're available in season at farmers' markets in Socalistan.

          2. Yummy! I love it. It's a really unique flavor. Can't wait til they're available!!

            1. The article said that you could get some in Chinatown, NYC... anybody know where?

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