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

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Saccade Aug 10, 2006 05:34 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/09/din...

Has anyone tried it? What do you think?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Saccade Aug 10, 2006 05:48 PM

    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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      NeNePie RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2006 09:32 PM

      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.

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      CAu RE: Saccade Aug 11, 2006 06:24 PM

      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...

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        Peter Cherches RE: Saccade Aug 11, 2006 06:36 PM

        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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          Robert Lauriston RE: Peter Cherches Aug 11, 2006 11:02 PM

          I've bought sweet limes at Berkeley Bowl.

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            Das Ubergeek RE: Peter Cherches Sep 5, 2006 05:02 AM

            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. geg5150 RE: Saccade Aug 11, 2006 06:40 PM

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

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              Ida Red RE: Saccade Aug 11, 2006 06:46 PM

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

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                Cheese Boy RE: Ida Red Aug 11, 2006 07:07 PM

                Ida Red, two recent posts with possibly redundant information. I apologize in advance.

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                Anne H RE: Saccade Sep 6, 2006 02:44 AM

                I bought two mangosteens recently at the Granville Island market in Vancouver (while I was on vacation there). I thought they were interesting and delicious, but if they were a dime a dozen, I'm not sure there would be a huge fuss over them. Scarcity is a big factor here I think. My teenage son, who is pretty adventurous, didn't like the taste at all.

                1. Alice Patis RE: Saccade Sep 6, 2006 03:48 PM

                  I too recently bought a couple of mangosteens at the Granville market last weekend. My photo:
                  http://static.flickr.com/79/234672325...

                  I last ate mangosteens when I lived in the Philippines ~15 years ago, and the memory of those far exceeded the taste of the ones I bought in Vancouver. Maybe importing them such a distance decreases the quality, or maybe it's not the peak season. They didn't have a very strong mangosteen aroma, just slightly sweet with a tang (plus as you can see the skin isn't as deeply dark purple as it should be). I gave a couple friends, who had never seen one before, a little segment to taste and they didn't dislike them, but I'm sure they'd never buy them for the Ca$8/pound that I paid. It's more like a novelty I guess.

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