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Sep 5, 2008 10:30 PM

Mangosteens in Philadelphia


Is there anyone with a secret or not so secret source for fresh mangosteens from south east asia in philadelphia willing to share?

Thank you

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  1. You might try the Assi Market on Welsh Road outside of Lansdale. They carry durian and fresh lychees so you might find mangosteens there as well.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Chefpaulo

      Thanks Chef, I'll give them a ring. Any shops in Chinatown anyone is aware of, I've been scouring the neighborhood for the illicit mangosteen trade for days, no luck yet.

      1. re: stickyrubber

        Maybe they're not in season right now, but I've gotten varying info on when mangosteen seasons are, for example in Thailand I think some site mentioned April and May as being in season and other countries I've heard right now is the season.

        1. re: stickyrubber

          I believe mangosteens are being imported now quite legally. My parents bought some for me in NYC chinatown and I had them for the first time. They were tasty. Expensive but tasty.

    2. In March, I got mangosteen at Sue's (on 18th between Sansom and Chestnut) for $17.50 a pound. However, I haven't seen them there recently.

      1. Sometimes I find mangosteens at Iovine's or OK Lee Produce, both at Reading Terminal Market. I have also found mangosteens at H Mart, in Upper Darby and the Asian produce-only stores in Chinatown. I haven't found any places that have them all the time. It's not illegal to carry them, just difficult.

        1. 320 Market in Swarthmore, PA has started to sell them.

          1. The Chinese produce/grocery place on 10th st next to the fire station had Mangosteens last week.