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Aug 7, 2007 06:25 PM

mangosteen available in LA yet?

Read it somewhere that it'd be allowed for import this year. Any heads up?

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  1. I had heard it was supposed to be toward the end of last month - I think around the 22nd? Maybe call some of the Chinese markets?

    1. There's a Pinkberry clone next to my office that serves mangosteen but honestly I'm not sure in what form or even what mangosteen is. But it's there if you want to stop by. At Wilshire and Ardmore.

      1. I found freeze-dried mangosteens at Trader Joes and they are pretty tasty. I wait anxiously for the fresh ones, but these do have a nice mangosteeny flavor.

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        1. re: zoomchic

          Imagine how excited I was when I saw "mangosteen" --even the freezed-dried ones--at Trader Joe's, but I can't really say I enjoyed it. The flavor and the, they are not what mangosteens should be like. I WANT FRESH MANGOSTEENS!!!!

        2. yes, there are a few fresh ones here but, sadly, don't know where

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          1. re: epop

            Did not see any at the Chinese markets (1 6 8, Hawaii) this past week.

            1. re: epop

              you mean you've seen them, or heard of someone having them????

            2. I just read in today's NYT that fresh mangosteens (from Puerto Rico) are scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles by FedEx this morning. Unfortunately, the article doesn't mention where in Los Angeles one can find the legendary fruit. They will be expensive to be sure (one store in Brooklyn is selling them for $10/piece). I hope someone can tell us where to find them.

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              1. re: sweiner

                When I was at the LA County Fair, there was a booth promoting the health benefits of Mangosteen Juice. You could buy a bottle for $30! We had just got back from Vietnam where you can buy a bag of Mangosteens for $1. I think I am in the wrong business.

                I would love to see more of a variety of fruits from SE Asia available here. That is one thing I always enjoy when I go there. I did see Rambutan at Trader Joe's once and they looked terrible. Haven't seen them there in a long time.

                1. re: bsquared2

                  When in season, you can go to an asian market to get rambutan. I'd probably pass on TJ's as it would also probably be 2x as much as an asian market.