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Nov 16, 2006 01:34 AM

Mangosteen - King of the Fruits

Trader Joe's now carries freeze dried mangosteen. Huh! I can report that while it probably tastes a lot better fresh, I suppose this will have to do until Thailand starts sending them our way. This version is kinda like a freeze dried strawberry in its overall flavor, with some tropical subnotes. Can't wait for the day when I can taste one for real.

(On a totally unrelated seasonal TJ's note - peppermint joe-joes are back!)

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  1. It's not Thailand you're waiting on, it's the USDA. The US government forbids import of mangosteens to the continental US because the shipments can contain a fruit fly that would be harmful to US citrus crops.

    You can get them in Canada and Hawaii, though.

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    1. re: mudster

      actually, the ban was lifted recently (yay!) and now the us market is waiting on thailand to get their export ducks all in a row. of course, the fruit will be irradiated, but c'est la vie. ;)

    2. I have to admit - I find those little freeze-dried mangosteens remarkably addictive. It does not remind me that much of the real thing, as really the highlights of eating that fruit is the creaminess of the fruit, which is impossible to replicate. But a lo-cal snack - they are a dream!!!!

      1. What section of the market are these usually in? I know I can just go and ask, but the staff at TJ's is sometimes less than knowledgeable about their own wide assortment of obscure products.

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        1. re: Pei

          I just (yesterday) bought some frozen, but fresh (not dried) mangosteens from May Wah market on Clement St. S.F....they should be defrosted this morning so I'll try them and report back!

        2. I love the freeze-dried TJ mangosteens. Just discovered them last weekend.

          1. I find that TJ stock varies quite a bit regionally. I was at my local TJ's (Bay Area) a couple days ago & didn't see any, but I wasn't looking. Where are you?

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            1. re: Hunicsz

              I'm in Boston, so yeah, it may be regional. And to answer Pei's question, I found them with the dried fruit, on the top shelf...


              1. re: Hunicsz

                I saw some this morning at the TJ's in Los Altos, so they're definitely being carried in the BA.