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Jul 14, 2007 02:22 PM


Where can I buy mangosteens in Los Angeles? Thanks!

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  1. 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

      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!

      1. re: PayOrPlay

        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. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: jinhb

              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.