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Apr 9, 2008 05:15 AM

Who's selling mangosteen?

Apparently irradiated mangosteens are on sale (legally) in NYC. Where can I get some in Boston?

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  1. I haven't seen any yet in Battambang (Lowell), Super 88 (Allston or Washington St) or Kam Man. But Mangosteens are my favorite SEA fruit, so I'll keep looking....I can't remeber, do they have a season?

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    1. re: qianning

      I don't think it is quite the season, I just returned from SEA an they kept saying I had to wait a few more months to get the good stuff. I did manage to purchase a few while there.

      1. re: MaggieMuffin

        It is in season along with Durians in south east asia. The chinese find them to be like yin yang counterparts...the durians being 'heaty' and the mangosteen being 'cooling'.

    2. I LOVE mangosteen and usually have to rely on contraband from Canada or sometimes even HK. I have heard that they were banned in the US (with attempts at getting them unbanned). Can we get them now legally??

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      1. re: kobuta

        Like Luther, I've heard (read) that they could now be brought in legally, but I've yet to see any in a market.

        1. re: kobuta

          The NY times says that they're available in NYC at stores including Dean & Deluca. It was a similar situation with Indian mangos last year, but for those there were Indian stores you could be sure would sell it.

        2. Baldor, a produce company in NYC with a warehouse in Boston, brings them into the country when available. They are not stocked, and most are presold. You could try going to, or calling, Chelsea and speaking with someone there.

          1. I have heard that they are delicious but I have yet to try one. What do they look like? What do they taste like and are they similar to other Asian fruits ?

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            1. re: macadamianut

              They are usually small and round (about the size of my fist) with a few rounded hard leaves on top and a deep purple skin, though I hear the outer skin can vary in shade from pinkish red to purple. The skin is quite thick, and when you peel it off, the flesh is usually white (again I hear color may vary) and can be broken into tiny segments much like an orange. The taste is subtly sweet and tangy, unlike any other fruit I've ever had. They are absolutely divine, in my opinion, and hands down my favorite fruit. It's just too bad I don't have them very often. I was hooked after one taste. I must scour Chinese markets weekly now lest I miss them.

              1. re: kobuta

                kobuta OMG you made my mouth water and my curiosity even stronger. Thank you for enlightening me to the joys of mangosteen. Is someone does find them please let us know.Thanks also ScubaSteve.

              2. Haven't seen any, but would be interested.

                Changing the subject somewhat... does anyone have tips (where/when) on finding GOOD rambutans? I have occasionally found vibrant-looking, fresh ones at Russos in approx August. Once in a while I've seen them at WF Alewife and TJs in Cambridge, but at both those places, typically shrivelled dark specimens that looked worse for the wear. I suspect the turnover is too low for something so perishable.

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                1. re: chilibaby

                  I'd try Stop 'n Shop on Pleasant Street in Malden.