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Mangosteens!

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?

        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.