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Jun 29, 2009 07:58 PM

fresh mangosteens

I was thrilled when a friend mentioned seeing fresh mangosteens for sale on Noriega and Irving. We headed over the market at 22nd and Irving and bought a bag. They're $5.99 a pound for a bag of 10 or 12 (~2 pounds). So not cheap. I paid about half that in Toronto.

Imported from Thailand, and on the small size, but ripe and delicious. We ate a bunch each and managed to save a couple to share. Later, Limster described mangosteen as the queen of fruits (where durian is king...).

Are mangosteens so wonderful because they're so rare, or because they're that good? I'm excited not to have to wait until my next trip to Asia to find out.

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  1. Wow, I think $5.99/lb is actually a great price. I saw them at Alemany FM this Saturday for $14 a pound, at the same stall that has the dragon fruit. I was so surprised to see them, I almost bought some. Good to know I can get them on Irving. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. I saw them at the Cambodian market in Oakland last week. They're imported from Thailand as well.

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      1. Actually, these smallish Thai ones are the best. They are much sweeter & have a beautiful texture.

        There's a story about how Queen Victoria promised knighthood to anyone who can bring her fresh mangosteens. Of course, no one managed to do that in her era, as the fruit spoils easily & won't last the trip from the tropics.

        1. Saw some in SF Chinatown last week, on Stockton, somewhere between Pacific and Washington.

          1. here's a picture of the mangosteen from windy!