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epop Sep 20, 2006 09:05 PM

anyone know whether these are available fresh yet? there was talk of this last month.

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  1. Maxmillion RE: epop Sep 21, 2006 12:15 AM

    Too bad -- I recently had some fresh mangosteen in Singapore and it was wonderful. Unlike the durien paste I sampled -- gahh!!

    1. Chowpatty RE: epop Sep 21, 2006 12:19 AM

      Could have sworn I just saw them at Trader Joe's near the peaches and such -- was I imagining it? Or was it some other small tropical fruit that I'm confusing it with?

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        wumanchild RE: Chowpatty Sep 21, 2006 11:06 PM

        Just saw some longan there - could it have been that?

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          cpanagakis RE: Chowpatty Dec 6, 2006 01:10 AM

          TJ's has (had?) the freeze dried mangosteens last month in their "new products" endcaps. Delicious, but I'm sure a shadow of the fresh item.

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          epop RE: epop Sep 21, 2006 02:31 AM

          there was talk of a lifting of this ban, as soon as this fall. a place called melissa's was reported to be getting them, but i don't know what this source is. also some of the vietnamese and thai grocers.

          never had one but hope to...

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            BobMack RE: epop Sep 21, 2006 03:55 PM

            Most foreign produce isn't irradiated. There are only a few products that are allowed to enter the US with irradiation and many of the countries that grow these products are not certified to import them yet.

            To keep this topic on Los Angeles, take a trip to the 9th street market and look at the boxes to see where the fruit is from and how they are treated. While there grab a pastrami sandwich at Bernie's.


            1. The Chowhound Team RE: epop Sep 21, 2006 08:12 PM

              The Chowhound Team split a discussion of the mangosteen ban and moved it to the General Topics board. Please go here to discuss nonlocal aspects of this conversation:

              1. David Kahn RE: epop Sep 21, 2006 09:21 PM

                If any place has them, it will be Tien Phat Produce (9291 Bolsa Ave., in Westminster, (714) 893-7970), which has a truly wonderful selection of fresh tropical fruit. Last time we were there, we bought some jackfruit that was amazing.

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                  Professor Salt RE: David Kahn Sep 21, 2006 09:49 PM

                  Yes, if anyone has them, Tien Phat will. They're a wholesaler / retailer of SE Asian fruits.

                  I spoke with a customer serivce rep at Melissa's Produce, and was told they plan on importing them from Thailand starting August 2007. Was told that irradiation treatment facilities (or lack thereof) as the cause for delay.

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                    cakeybakey RE: David Kahn Dec 5, 2006 10:13 PM

                    any thing else there
                    where is westminister
                    wheres lychee

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                      Maxmillion RE: cakeybakey Dec 5, 2006 10:16 PM

                      ^ Try inserting the address into google maps or mapquest --

                      9291 Bolsa Ave., Westminster CA 92683

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                    epop RE: epop Sep 25, 2006 08:20 PM

                    another year....

                    thank you. for those that didn't see it there is an informative NY Times article:


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