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fdb Aug 7, 2007 06:25 PM

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

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    FML Feb 21, 2011 12:57 PM

    I've seen it at Seafood City in Eagle Rock (this is a Filipino west coast grocery chain) and at Woo Ri Market in the Little Tokyo Mall (in the location where Mitsuwa used to be in Little Tokyo).

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      karynx78 Nov 4, 2010 09:32 PM

      You can find them at almost all the Asian supermarkets in Little Saigon in Westminster. Most recently I saw then at the Asian supermarket in the same plaza as Target on Brookhurst and Westminster in Little Saigon. About 8 dollars a lb. There is also tropical fruit stores on Bolsa and Magnolia in a strip mall with Wells Fargo that sell them.

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        trvlcrzy Oct 27, 2010 11:19 PM

        Been seeing them at Seafood City (Filipino) markets for the past month already. About $5/lb. too. They have branches everywhere.

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          dovishkay Oct 24, 2010 10:12 AM

          Does anyone know where I can find Mangosteens right now (preferably in the Westside) ? Ive been dying to try them fresh.

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            epop Oct 24, 2010 04:27 PM

            wait six months

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              catbert Oct 27, 2010 10:50 PM

              sadly, i have to second this. you can find some decent ones, but it will be mixed in a bag with some bad and hard ones. wouldn't really recommend it for the cost. better to wait.

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              Professor Salt Oct 24, 2010 09:08 PM

              I saw fresh mangosteens a couple months ago at 99 Ranch. Haven't looked for them lately. If they still have them, the Van Nuys location is the closest to the Westside.

            3. tooth May 13, 2008 04:53 PM

              A Grocery Warehouse in Echo Park on Sunset near Laveta has fresh mangosteen available. They are by the registers, not in the produce section.

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                grubtrotters May 13, 2008 10:52 AM

                Not sure what happened to my original post, but I just found mangosteens a few days ago in Venice at a little shop called the Fruit Gallery, just off the boardwalk.

                http://grubtrotters.com/2008/05/07/ma...

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                  mar52 May 6, 2008 10:34 PM

                  I keep checking Ranch99 in Van Nuys and they aren't there.

                  I did see manosteen juice or nectar at the Bangkok Market on Beverly but didn't buy it.

                  Can't wait until it makes it's way to the Los Angeles area.

                  1. Das Ubergeek May 6, 2008 07:15 PM

                    Or you can go to any market in Little Saigon and buy them. Prices are $5-$7 per pound and a pound is 5 mangosteens or so. So instead of $40 for two pounds plus shipping, pay $12 and no shipping.

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                      justagthing Feb 14, 2008 03:59 PM

                      Some of the smaller markets on Anaheim in Long Beach's Khmer area also have it for about $9 per lb.

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                        anothernotch Feb 6, 2008 07:47 PM

                        Just back from Thailand and craving Mangosteens. Does anyone know where they may be found on the westside? Thanks in advance.

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                          truliketrudat Feb 13, 2008 08:08 AM

                          Not quite the westside but I saw some at AI Hoa Market in Chinatown on Sunday. Not sure on the price per weight though, wasn't curious enough....mangosteen wasn't my favorite of the fruits i had while abroad.

                        2. QLittlestar Jan 31, 2008 11:38 AM

                          Hey everybody, I am confused. I am new to LA, so I have no idea how far anything is. So have there been any sightings in or near LA, I live in Burbank. This time last year, I was up to my EYEBALLS in the coveted goodness in Koh Tao and am dying to have it again. Thanks
                          Q

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                            DogVomit Jan 31, 2008 01:25 PM

                            Arcadia is not too far from Burbank, although the 210 can be murder:
                            http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&h...

                            However, Santa Ana and Westminster are pretty far.

                            By the way, what are "Koh Tao"?

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                              modernist Feb 1, 2008 08:50 AM

                              koh tao is an island in thailand.

                            2. re: QLittlestar
                              DogVomit Jan 31, 2008 01:34 PM

                              Oh, nevermind -- that's a place ;)

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                                QLittlestar Feb 2, 2008 02:21 PM

                                THANKS TO EVERYBODY - found my way to the Arcadia Supermarket and I am enjoying the mangosteen goodness right now.

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                                  fdb Feb 3, 2008 12:46 AM

                                  Glad you made it. I went and got some more today. Delicious!

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                                    ThaiNut Feb 3, 2008 10:11 AM

                                    If/when any of you mangosteen lovers gets to Thailand, the Thai name for that fruit is pronounced like 'man-khud.'

                                    Thailand's Chiang Rai Winery produces a number of fruit wines including mangosteen. When I was last there two years ago I bought two small bottles of it and some other flavors but I have not yet tried it. Maybe I should sell one on eBay. Can you sell booze on eBay? Anyway, see the picture.

                                    And a bit of mangosteen trivia that you can use to impress your friends. On the bottom of each fruit you'll find a little star-like thing with a number of petals. The number of petals is exactly the same as the number of fruit segments inside.

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                                      ThaiNut Feb 3, 2008 10:22 AM

                                      Hmmmmm.... ChowHound did not upload my picture of the wine bottle so let's try it again.

                                       
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                                        fdb Feb 3, 2008 02:36 PM

                                        hmmm...interesting trivia. I had my first taste of mangosteen in Phuket over 10 years ago. For 5 days, I was in heaven. I'm just so glad to see them again here in LA.

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                                        fdb Feb 6, 2008 12:01 AM

                                        And it's called 山竹 (shanzhu) in Mandarin.

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                                      Fru Feb 12, 2008 04:01 PM

                                      I tried them for the first time today! They were $8/lb at the market in Arcadia. I'm told that the exterior should be pliable enough that you can just peel them. These were pretty hard. Much like an old pomegranate. I had to use a paring knife to get through the skin. Since this was my first experience, I have nothing to compare these to but they were delicious. I'm told that they aren't actually in season right now in Thailand. Maybe someone knows where these are from and if they are "old" or what.

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                                        fdb Feb 13, 2008 01:22 AM

                                        So the price has come down. You are right. The ones I had in Thailand were peelable with hands while these are impossible to open without a knife. I've read it somewhere that mangosteens are also available in South or Central America, so I suspect these are from there. The official import from Thailand will start in May.

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                                          glutton Feb 13, 2008 05:12 AM

                                          Yes, there are available in South America. I bought them in Colombia in December. They were good, but there was no way you could peel them with your hands -- they required a knife to crack through the outer "shell."

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                                            bulavinaka May 6, 2008 07:32 PM

                                            Maybe the variety in S.A. is different - you should be able to crack them open by hand if it's the same variety as in SE Asia. Just push the fruit between your palms with some force and it should crack open at least a little... Just don't get the juice from the skin on anything you want to keep - it will stain...

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                                              Fru May 6, 2008 09:57 PM

                                              I'm not sure but I think they are one and the same. When they get old, the skin becomes less pliable like a pomegranate. I've bought them at the Asian Market behind Din Tai Fung. Some I could pry open with my fingers and some required a knife.

                                  2. DogVomit Jan 30, 2008 12:21 PM

                                    It seems that the mangosteens are becoming more widely available. Has anyone checked 99 Ranch?

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                                      DogVomit Jan 30, 2008 12:24 PM

                                      Actually, has anyone seen them at all in Orange County, besides that Tien Phat place?

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                                        kabuki Jan 31, 2008 01:28 AM

                                        I just bought some today for $8/lb at CC Market in Santa Ana. I ate five of them and they were all perfectly ripe.

                                        http://biggestmenu.com/rdr/California...

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                                          DogVomit Jan 31, 2008 10:53 AM

                                          Awesome, thanks, I'll head there today! Hey, the place doesn't come up in a google maps search. Is this the place?

                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/cc-market-san...

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                                            DogVomit Jan 31, 2008 11:38 AM

                                            Ugh, in order to find it in Google Maps, I had to type C & C Market. Does this address look correct?

                                            C & C Market
                                            2329 W 1st St
                                            Santa Ana, CA

                                            http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&h...

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                                              DogVomit Jan 31, 2008 08:40 PM

                                              I went to that address I posted, and they didn't have any mangosteens, and the guy there had no idea what I was talking about. Is there another place with that name?

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                                                fdb Jan 31, 2008 08:56 PM

                                                Perhaps you could make a culinary trip to Arcadia this weekend. Lunch at Din Tai Fung (next plaza), shave ice at Sin Bala (same plaza) then get a bunch of mangosteen to go at Arcadia Supermarket.

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                                                  kabuki Jan 31, 2008 10:45 PM

                                                  CC is on Newhope and First in the Trieu Chau & Newport Seafood plaza. It took over the unit which used to be Kim Su/Kim Long.

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                                                    DogVomit Feb 3, 2008 02:06 AM

                                                    I went there today and picked up a bag. Thanks for the heads up! I'm glad I signed up for this website (although I now wish I picked a less unappetizing name ;) They were almost out -- I hope they will get more. I would have asked, but I'm not sure if they spoke English (although the lady did seem to understand 'mangosteen' :)

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                                                      liu Feb 14, 2008 04:05 PM

                                                      DogVomit -- Regarding your desire to have a different name, I think you can go to the Technical Help Board and get the needed info to make a name change.

                                                      http://www.chowhound.com/boards/40

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                                                    QLittlestar Feb 1, 2008 03:53 PM

                                                    OH YEAH I am off to the Arcadia Market on Saturday, thanks for the info. DV if you need someone to carry your bags home to Indo for you. I am very strong!

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                                                  kabuki Feb 14, 2008 08:50 AM

                                                  Vien Dong Supermarket on Brookhurst and Westminster in Garden Grove now has them for $8.99/lb but they are smaller than the ones I got at CC.

                                              2. Quik Jan 29, 2008 07:18 PM

                                                I saw them available for $10.99/lb in packages of maybe 4-5 at the Arcadia Supermarket
                                                645 W. DUARTE RD. ARCADIA. CA. 91007 on Sunday 1/28/08.

                                                That's one of a chain of the Guang Hua (sp?) supermarkets in the SGV so you might want to check the other ones out too.

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                                                  DogVomit Jan 30, 2008 01:00 PM

                                                  Do they have any of those supermarkets in Orange County?

                                                2. DogVomit Jan 27, 2008 04:23 PM

                                                  Here's a picture of them. You can see that the leaves have been taken off, and the guy there told me that they have to do that in order to import them or something.

                                                   
                                                  1. DogVomit Jan 27, 2008 04:04 PM

                                                    Tien Phat Produce in Westminster has mangosteens now. I just bought 2 bags from there about a week ago, and 2 bags of them today, and they have a bunch more on display. The guy there said he just started getting them.

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                                                      glutton Jan 27, 2008 04:37 PM

                                                      How much are they charging for the mangosteens?

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                                                        DogVomit Jan 27, 2008 07:57 PM

                                                        When I first went there, they were $12/pound. When I went there today, the sign on them said $5/pound.

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                                                          burumun Jan 27, 2008 11:07 PM

                                                          $5/pound is not bad :)
                                                          $12/pound is expensive though! I was gonna get some but then I'm going back home to Indonesia in 3 weeks ... if it's $12 I'm just gonna wait til I go home ..

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                                                        fdb Jan 27, 2008 10:46 PM

                                                        Are they as flavorful as in Thailand?

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                                                          DogVomit Jan 28, 2008 08:29 AM

                                                          I've never had them until a week or two ago, so I can't really compare to any other ones, but the ones that were most fresh were really delicious. CAUTION: however, I just realized right now as to why they were $5/pound on my second trip -- almost every single one I bought was spoiled! In that picture I posted earlier, I haven't opened any yet at that point. After posting that, I started opening them, and every single one, save for 1 or 2, was bad :(

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                                                            fdb Jan 28, 2008 09:37 AM

                                                            Oh, in that case I'll have to reconsider the one-hour drive to Westminster.

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                                                              epop Jan 28, 2008 09:59 AM

                                                              is there nowhere closer to LA with mangosteens?

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                                                                DogVomit Jan 28, 2008 03:39 PM

                                                                I heard that there's an area in LA called Thai Town or something. I'll bet you can find some there.

                                                                http://www.experiencela.com/Adventure...

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                                                                  justagthing Jan 28, 2008 03:42 PM

                                                                  better known for restaurants than markets

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                                                                  misseatalot Jan 28, 2008 09:12 PM

                                                                  Saw them for 10.99/lb at Arcadia Supermarket this Saturday:

                                                                  645 W. DUARTE RD. ARCADIA. CA. 91007

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                                                                    fdb Jan 28, 2008 10:48 PM

                                                                    Thanks for the info. This is so perfect. I just happen to be going to Arcadia tomorrow. Can't wait to taste this delicious fruit again!

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                                                                      DogVomit Jan 29, 2008 08:50 AM

                                                                      Damn, now I have to consider an hour drive :)

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                                                                        DogVomit Jan 29, 2008 08:51 AM

                                                                        Hey, out of curiosity, did the mangosteens you saw in Arcadia have the leaves pulled off of them?

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                                                                          fdb Jan 29, 2008 07:56 PM

                                                                          No leaves. I picked up 3 packages to share with family today. They are delicious although some of them are really small. The cashier told me they were originally priced at $12.99/lb, but reduced to $10.99/lb because people complain about the high price.

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                                                              jenn Aug 8, 2007 05:23 PM

                                                              what the heck does a mangosteen look like?

                                                              does mangosteen have a bright red/magenta color to the pulp? Taste sort of raspberryish/mango/strawberry?

                                                              If so, then Tai Kim at Scoops has been making sorbet with it the last week. I asked what the fruit was and was told it was something from the Chinese grocery store.....

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                                                                fdb Aug 8, 2007 05:44 PM

                                                                monku posted a link to CNN--click on it and you'll see a picture. No, the pulp is no red--it's white. The fruit by itself is so good that it would be a waste to make it into ice cream.

                                                              2. monku Aug 8, 2007 04:00 PM

                                                                According to an article I read Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc will be distributor in the LA area. Call them and maybe they can tell you when and where. (800) 588-0151.
                                                                http://melissas.com/market/index.cfm?page=marketplace&ACT=VIEW

                                                                Mangosteen article from CNN:
                                                                http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/08/magaz...

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                                                                  fdb Aug 8, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                                  Oh, the picture on CNN website....I can just taste the fruit in my mouth. But guess what? I called Melissa's. A lady there told me they heard from Thailand that mangosteen season is over, so the earliest shipment will be next May!!!! NEXT MAY!!! If anyone finds out about Puerto Rican or Vietnamese imports, please PLEASE share info!!!

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                                                                    epop Aug 8, 2007 11:44 PM

                                                                    tried that this week but they don't seem to have them-- i think the few of them
                                                                    making it to LA are already basically accounted for.

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                                                                      Tmblweed Aug 9, 2007 03:39 PM

                                                                      On top of that, I heard that Chef Jamie Gwen will be broadcasting life from Melissa's Produce this Saturday (8/11) on KABC790 (11AM - 12:45PM), so I guess people can call in and have her ask Melissa's, to see when they might be getting the mangosteens:

                                                                      http://www.chefjamie.com/ (White box on right-hand side)

                                                                    2. David Kahn Aug 8, 2007 01:59 PM

                                                                      Someone who speaks Vietnamese needs to call Tien Phat Produce and ask them. If anyone has these, it's likely them. I tried calling, but the language barrier was insurmountable. Their number is (714) 893-7970.

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                                                                      Tien Phat Produce
                                                                      9291 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

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                                                                        DogVomit Jan 27, 2008 04:09 PM

                                                                        Tien Phat has them now -- I just bought some. I found out about that place from this same topic, so I'd like to return the favor!

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                                                                          fdb Jan 27, 2008 10:42 PM

                                                                          OMG, thanks so much for posting this. Westminster is a long trek from where I am, but we are talking about mangosteens here. I'm going!

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                                                                        sweiner Aug 8, 2007 01:39 PM

                                                                        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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                                                                          bsquared2 Jan 27, 2008 07:36 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            justagthing Jan 27, 2008 07:50 PM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                          epop Aug 8, 2007 02:17 AM

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

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                                                                            Chandavkl Aug 8, 2007 05:04 AM

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

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                                                                              fdb Aug 8, 2007 11:11 AM

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

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                                                                              zoomchic Aug 7, 2007 10:41 PM

                                                                              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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                                                                                fdb Aug 8, 2007 11:10 AM

                                                                                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 texture.....no, they are not what mangosteens should be like. I WANT FRESH MANGOSTEENS!!!!

                                                                              2. Suebee Aug 7, 2007 09:59 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  bulavinaka Aug 7, 2007 08:43 PM

                                                                                  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?

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