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kauma Jul 14, 2007 02:22 PM

Where can I buy mangosteens in Los Angeles? Thanks!

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    foodmonster Jul 14, 2007 02:42 PM

    Weren't they banned from import? Something to do with insects, I believe. Anyhow, if they are around, I'd love to find some as well.

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    1. re: foodmonster
      OCEllen Jul 14, 2007 02:46 PM

      Yes, for now they cannot be imported (darn it!); I've had the freeze dried segments from TJ's which are literally a mere ghost of the real thing!

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      PayOrPlay Jul 14, 2007 03:03 PM




      See also http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41697... (wherein mangosteen-flavored yogurt is as elusive as the fresh stuff).

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        Woolsey Jul 14, 2007 05:07 PM

        It's STILL elusive! I just got back from a Starberry attempt and, at 4:00 P.M. on a Saturday, they were all closed up. Between the eccentric hours and not having the stuff when they actually are open, I think I'm officially giving up on the mangosteen frozen yogurt goal.

      2. Chandavkl Jul 14, 2007 09:53 PM

        Well you can buy them in cans, and sometimes frozen in the Chinese markets. I read that they had been approved for import starting later this year. Will have to see if this is the case.

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          bsquared2 Jul 14, 2007 10:11 PM

          No fresh Mangosteens as far as I know. I've always been told they can't import them. Having traveled a lot in Vietnam, Thailand etc., there are a lot of amazing fruits that you can't find here. Some of the ones you can find don't even compare.

          Some things are really expensive here compared to the home country. Morning Glory is relatively expensive at the 99 Ranch Market. In Vietnam I can buy a shopping bag full for 25 cents.

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            jinhb Jul 14, 2007 10:34 PM

            This article in the New York Times states that they will be available in the US in the near future.
            Welcome at the Border: Thai Fruits, Once Banned . More information. June 27, 2007, Wednesday By DAVID KARP (NYT);

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              BobMack Jul 14, 2007 11:25 PM

              I'm sort of in the industry... They will be available real soon. I'm hearing possibly August but a lot is still in the air. They were supposed to be legalized and available before the fresh mangoes from India but somehow that got flipped around.

              There were some illegal ones in LA a couple months ago but I haven't seen some for awhile.

            2. meltedcheese Jul 15, 2007 10:45 AM

              Just got a four pack of them from Trader Joe's the other day...

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                kauma Aug 27, 2007 06:53 PM

                Thank you to everyone. When I find the fruit, I'll let y'all know!

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