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Freeze dried mangosteen

Trader Joe's has bags of mangosteen. It's delicious, with a texture similar to freeze dried ice cream: very crunchy. Last year they had f/d pitaya (dragon fruit), but it wasn't nearly as good as this.

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  1. I tried it and didn't like it at all. Have you ever had fresh mangosteen?

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    1. re: Windy

      Yes, in Singapore and Malaysia. Part of the attraction of these tropical fruits is the soft texture and the fragrance, both of which are completely missing in a freeze dried product. But I did like it. I think it's a fun if expensive novelty snack.

    2. Wow - mangosteen? I'll have to look for it... haven't spotted it yet in LA. Mangosteen is supposed to have some incredible antioxidants as well - I think they're called xanthones - so you're getting a very nutritious snack as well! Thanks for the tip!

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        The TJs on 3rd/La Brea definitely had it a few weeks ago, and I believe I've seen it at the one in Silver Lake as well.

        1. re: PseudoNerd

          OK... if they have it in your neck of the woods in LA, then maybe they do in mine too then... thanks!

      2. OMG the freeze dried Rambutan is out of this world - I like it even better than the Mangosteen .I buy them out when they have it . Problem is the local is backordered for a bout a month now.

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          1. Why would I want freeze dried dragon fruit or rambutan when I can get it fresh? Or is it like having dried apricots, mangos, pineapple, etc...?