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May 24, 2008 04:05 PM

Fresh Mangosteen in NY?

Are any stores in Brooklyn or Manhattan, or any fruit stands in China town selling fresh mangosteen?

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  1. I've purchased a couple of sacks from one of the metal fruit vendor carts on Canal St (off of Mott St). Unfortunately, the guy doesn't carry them on a consistent basis--it's always hit or miss. Each sack was about 2 - 2.5 lbs (roughly 12 - 15 mangosteens in each), and came in yellow plastic netting--the same kind you see encasing durian fruit. And just like the durians you see in Chinatown, the mangosteens were likely shipped frozen (although they're sold thawed). The ones I purchased from the outdoor vendor felt slightly chilled. Nevertheless, they were delicious. According to the sticker on the sack, they were shipped from Thailand.

    That same vendor sometimes carries whole jackfruit, which I've yet to try (the fruit are enormous, and I don't see myself lugging one back to Brooklyn on the subway). If anyone has tried them, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts. My sister-in-law grew up in the Philippines and raves about the fresh jackfruit she ate growing up.

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    1. re: BklynBlaise

      i haven't had a mangosteen since i lived in brazil when once a week i would experiment with a new fruit; these are by far my FAVORITE! so happy to hear they can be found in the USA!! as for jackfruit, it was plentiful there..the taste reminds me exactly of JUICYFRUIT gum. the texture was so chewy it took forever to eat (besides the enormous size of the fruit itself) and it's been said that the seeds (about the size of walnuts) can be roasted. enjoy!

      1. re: BklynBlaise

        Last Sunday I saw the jackfruit vendor selling half or quarter, much more managable. There are 2 kinds, one with firm flesh, crisp (not crunchy), sweet but not too overpowering. The other kind is very soft, chewy, and very strong flavor. If you have never tried jackfruits but you're interested, I'd suggest you try once to see what it's like. 2 things to note: your sweat will smell like the fruit, and it makes you really really flatulant. :)

      2. I've gotten fresh mangosteen from the fruit stand near Pho Tu Do. But I think it's seasonal. It was definitely fresh as I've had the pre-frozen ones before and there's a big difference in taste. These mangosteens were also more expensive than the frozen ones. I believe the frozen ones are about $7 or so per bag. These mangosteens were about double the cost for the same amount. Not as good as eating them fresh in the country of origin. I don't think they ship very well. But it satisfied my craving.

        1. FYI: The fruit vendor I mentioned on Canal St. had fresh mangosteens (from Thailand) this past Saturday (6/7/08). They were $9 / lb. A sack of roughly 8 fruit cost me $20.

          1. I checked with Agata & Valentina at 79th/1st. They will have mangosteens in June. Meanwhile, Legal Seafood has a special drink using mangosteen puree as a base with Champagne. I had them create me a mangosteen Cosmo instead, which is why I'm now on the hunt for mangosteen!

            1. SE corner of Canal/Mott (6/7/09) ... same yellow net bags ... these, however, running ~$20 @ 8$/lb. The tags indicate they were sourced from Thailand and quarantined, not frozen. If you've been disappointed in the latter you'll find these halve, segment and taste considerably different.