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May 7, 2008 12:40 PM

Fresh Mangosteen?

So I saw the article in the NY Times about how the ban was lifted and fresh mangosteens are now being imported to the US. Has anyone seen them being sold anywhere? My whole foods didn't have a clue what I was talking about. It sounded delicious and I love trying new fruits!

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  1. Maybe Super 88 might be the place to start looking? That's the only thing I can think of!

    1. A recent thread on the same subject did not have any definitive answers.

      1. I am a total maniac for sourcing exotic tropical fruit and have not seen any mangosteen in the Boston area other than many years ago out of the back of a truck in Chinatown and I am pretty sure those were illegal.

        Places one is most likely to find the good stuff:

        - Indian grocery stores on Moody in Waltham (by far the most exotic produce I have found)
        - Arax in watertown
        - Various Super88s and grocery stores in chinatown
        - Kam Man Market, Quincy
        - Russos, Watertown

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          Happened to go to both Russo's and Super 88 (Allston) yesterday - did not see mangosteen in either store.

        2. I beleive that it is still not legal to import fresh mangosteen fruit - hence all the juices.

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            1. re: Luther

              You are correct senor Luther, they just made it legal to sell them in the U.S.

              It is a producer in Puerto Rico who is growing them:


          1. I saw fresh mangosteen at the Super 88 in Malden several weeks ago, along with many other fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish one doesn't find at Super Stop and Shops in this area. Once you try mangosteen, who knows what could be next...durian?

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            1. re: PersnicketyChicky

              Don't hold your breath for fresh Durian. Don't even know of anyone attempting that.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Actually, the frozen whole durian that abound in Chinese markets are very good. Because the consistency of durian is so creamy anyway, it doesn't suffer too badly from the freezing/thawing process. I usually thaw them just a bit, not completely, and hack it open when the core is still kinda frozen. You can then remove the sections and store them in an airtight container in the fridge to thaw the rest of the way.

                Seriously good eats. Plus, they don't smell as bad when frozen.

                1. re: adobokid

                  huh? am i missing something here?
                  i've seen plenty of fresh Durian in CTown. not frozen, unless what i'm seeing is previously frozen.

                  1. re: ScubaSteve

                    No, I've seen fresh durian as well. You can't miss the fruit, since it's a big spikey mass! The frozen kind usually comes shelled, and is found in the frozen section of the market.

                    1. re: kobuta

                      Whole frozen ones are stored in the freezer bins at Cmart and Super88. All I've been able to find are frozen and previously frozen. Never tried the shelled ones before but would be much easier because these beasts are difficult to open.

                    2. re: ScubaSteve

                      They carry it at the super 88 in Malden, too. I was very concerned the first few times I went to their original location as there was always an odor of bad meat in the air. Then I noticed the pile of durian (it used to be right near the door, no less) and that foul smell wafting around made more sense. They keep them in the freezer bins at the new place which is a huge improvement. I really am curious to try it, but still very afraid!

                  2. re: StriperGuy

                    Durian shakes last time we were at Mittapheap - don't know if it was fresh or frozen though.

                    1. re: Taralli

                      how were they?
                      i always am tempted to try one at Xinh Xinh but haven't been able to get up the courage.
                      would a shake be the best way to try durian for the first time?

                      1. re: ScubaSteve

                        To me, it tasted like emulsified raw onions. I personally didn't find it revolting, but some at our CH table might say otherwise.

                        1. re: ScubaSteve

                          I've had the shake at Floating Rock in Revere. Not my personal taste preference, but other hounds tell me they do it right.