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I didn't even know they were available in these parts, but they are 6.99/lb at Dong Hing market in the ID

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  1. Please educate me - what is a mangosteen?

    1. Do you mean Langosteens?

      ejmatl

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      1. re: ejmatl

        Did you mean langoustine? Those are sort of like a crawfish/mini lobster right?

      2. No sweethearts, I mean a mangosteen.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangosteen

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        1. re: dagoose

          so what does one do when you happen across a mangosteen?

          1. re: bluedog67

            One digs one's fingernails in, rips it apart, and savors the sweet juicy flesh, spitting the seeds at the person of one's choice.

            1. re: babette feasts

              Take a sharp knife and cut a circle around the fruit (with the stem at the top), really circumnavigating around the fruit. Then peel/pry the top half off. Try not to use your finger nails since they will stain badly. The fruit should taste soemwaht custardly with a hint of tartness, if it's really tart that means it's not ripe yet. The inside should look milky, transluscent means it has gone over the top in ripeness and you may want to avoid.

            2. re: bluedog67

              Easier to just squeeze it gently and let the purple outer part break apart - pull all the way apart and eat the sections (watch for the seeds). heavenly.

              1. re: akq

                Right on the money akq...the outer hulls are like black walnut hulls, only softer & juicer. Squeeze & slurp!

          2. I didn't think you could ever get fresh mangosteens here. Wonder if it was smuggled from BC. I wish I still lived near the ID.

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            1. re: rumgum

              No, no. I found them as well a month ago at Metropolitan Market. For a really exorbitant price. These fruits were once considered the tastiest in the world. Queen Victoria allegedly offered a queen's ransom if one could be brought to her in England. Of course, back then, refrigeration and transportation weren't what they are now.

            2. Thanks for posting. I'd heard that they were starting to be sold in NY and LA, and was thinking I needed to swing by Uwajimaya one of these evenings to see if they had any. I've only ever had them freeze-dried or canned before, and was really curious to see what the real thing tasted like.

              I hadn't ever been to Dong Hing, so I looked it up on Google Maps, which unfortunately gave me the address for Dong Sing (also on Jackson) instead. I say unfortunate because Dong Sing didn't have any. I assumed that they had been mobbed by crazed Chowhounds.

              Sensing defeat, I walked over to Uwajimaya and bought some for $17 a pound (!). Five minutes later I happened across the actual Dong Hing, and sure enough, there they were in all their beet-looking comparative cheapness.

              The fruit from each store tasted quite different, actually. The Uwajimaya fruit seemed more ripe, tasting a bit more like bananas, and the Dong Hing fruit were tarter and maybe more like pineapple. I liked the cheaper fruit better, actually.

              1. They've got 'em at Viet Wah across from Dong Hing as well...$5.99/lb, in 2 lb bags. I grabbed me one. Slurping time!

                1. In Portland, I just checked Uwajimaya and they do have some at $14.99 lb.

                  1. Taking a trip to pdx and seattle at the beginning of june. Would LOVE to get my hands on some fresh mangosteens. Can you tell me where Dong Hing market is? I'm not even clear which city it's in from the posts so far. Thanks so much!

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                    1. re: nolonnyc

                      Dong Hing is in Seattle and has little to make it very interesting other than being a shockingly cheap place to do your chinese grocery shopping (I once saw live oysters for $3.69 a dozen...and they were great). But it is in a very cool area of town called the international district, and directly across the street from one of the best restaurants in town, a vietnamese place called Tamarind tree. The store is on Jackson, at about 9th or tenth.

                      1. re: dagoose

                        Dong Hing is at 1001 S. Jackson. Not to be tragically confused with Dong Sing at 625 S. Jackson, which as of Tuesday had no mangosteens whatsoever. Google will lead you to the wrong one.

                        1. re: dagoose

                          "Dong Hing is in Seattle and has little to make it very interesting other than being a shockingly cheap place to do your chinese grocery shopping"

                          what, pray tell, would it need to make it interesting besides being a shockingly cheap source for chinese groceries? Thats more than enough reason to go there, if you ask me.....................

                          1. re: jenn

                            Oh, I agree--don't get me wrong, I'm in there all the time to get my groceries. I just think if I were in from out of town, I'm not sure that it would make my list of must-sees.

                            I love the store, bless its cheap little heart.

                      2. Holy crap thats cheap! They go for nearly 15 dollars a lb at uwajimaya.

                        sweet ^^

                        1. Mangosteens are in Olympia! I paid $5.99/lb for about a 2 lb bag at Hong Phat market on College Street.

                          1. I got some the other day at HT Market (which is really great, by the way) on 99 at the Oaktree plaza (old Larry's location) for $6 a pound. They were perfectly ripe.

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                            1. re: asha

                              Thanks Asha, I was just checking them out the other day and wasn't sure whether I wanted to pick them up. I guess I will be going there tomorrow.

                            2. Just bought some this morning at Mekong on Rainier. They were only $4.99 a pound. The label says they are from Thailand and went through quarrentine. Now as this is the first time we've had mangosteens, I don't know how they compare to other mangosteens in other places but tasted pretty darn yummy to us!

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                              1. re: jenn

                                When mangosteens are bad they look like mustard inside (don't eat them, then). Otherwise, the only difference I've noticed is the firmness of the fruit itself (I like mine on the firmer side).

                                1. re: akq

                                  okay, then these are good. The inside is white and segmented, sort of like grapefruit only white and no pips, with a custard texture and when you try to take apart the segments, it squishes in your hands. Oh and they are firm.

                                  Okay not at all like grapefruit but hey, I tried to describe it!