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Fresh mangosteens spotted in the Portola [SF]

Dave MP May 19, 2012 06:40 PM

I was at J&S Produce today (2542 San Bruno Ave) in the Portola, and they had mangosteens for sale. They were from Thailand, and were priced at $7.99 or $8.99 per lb (can't remember for sure). I felt the fruit, and it seemed to be in pretty good condition. They were in bags, and a bag with about 6 medium sized fruits was approx. $15....I didn't end up buying any, so can't comment on the taste, but I thought others might be interested!

Dave MP

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  1. ourswimmer RE: Dave MP May 19, 2012 07:48 PM

    Farmer Joe's in Oakland had them today too, but I did not note the price.

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      somtam RE: ourswimmer May 31, 2012 05:38 PM

      I think they are also $7.99 at Farmer Joe's, saw them there this week as well. I tried a couple there last season and they were not good, mushy, not sweet, no flavor.

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      kairo RE: Dave MP May 20, 2012 12:48 PM

      New May Wah on Clement has them in a similar bag. Except it's 7.99 per bag, not by the pound. Haven't tried them though.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: Dave MP May 20, 2012 04:14 PM

        Berkeley Bowl (east) had mangosteens from Guatemala for $8 a pound, loose.

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          Aridon99 RE: Dave MP May 20, 2012 05:13 PM

          Thanks Dave. I got some today. They were indeed $7.99 per lb. Taste pretty good to me, but then again, I haven't had them in their native countries at peak freshness. I also picked up some fresh lychee, which were darn good.

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            Aridon99 RE: Aridon99 May 20, 2012 06:36 PM

            Picture of the Mangosteens with Lychee.

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              Dave MP RE: Aridon99 May 20, 2012 06:38 PM

              Cool! Did you get these at J&S?

              Would love to see a picture of the inside of the mangosteen too, if you get a chance! The few times I've bought mangosteens in the US, the flesh was disappointing - either too dried out, or weirdly shrunken. But the outsides of these looked pretty decent, so I hope the inside is too!

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                Aridon99 RE: Dave MP May 29, 2012 03:43 PM

                Here is a picture of the inside. As you can see, the skin is very thick and it was actually a bit hard to get through. The white fleshy 'meat' on the inside is watery like lychee. After eating all of them, I would only give them a 6/10 on the taste scale. Really not worth the high cost IMO.

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                  Dawgmommy RE: Aridon99 May 30, 2012 06:23 PM

                  Based on the picture, they don't look very fresh. The flesh should be a "bright", creamy white color and a little firmer than the lychee. From what I remember, the skin should be a nice, shiney, dark purple, like an eggplant.

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                    Aridon99 RE: Dawgmommy May 30, 2012 07:17 PM

                    The flesh was plenty white. The lighting in my picture probably throws the color off quite a bit. I just don't think the taste survives the long trip to the U.S.

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                      wally RE: Aridon99 May 30, 2012 10:17 PM

                      I bought one in London years ago. It didn't have much flavor and was therefore disappointing.

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                        Dawgmommy RE: Aridon99 May 31, 2012 06:01 AM

                        Ok, it's the picture then. I'm sure that you're right about the long trip. I got some at Berkeley Bowl, a year or two ago. Don't remember how much I paid, they weren't as good as I remembered them. Not sure if they get picked "less ripe" in order to make the trip here. I've tried the rambutans here, and they seemed closer to what I had over in SE Asia.

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                          Robert Lauriston RE: Aridon99 May 31, 2012 03:26 PM

                          You might try the ones from Puerto Rico, which are fresh and flown in. The ones from Thailand are irradiated and come in by ship.

              2. The Chowhound Team RE: Dave MP May 21, 2012 12:35 PM

                We split some discussion about what irradiation does to food over to the General Topics board at: http://www.chow.com/topics/850262

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: The Chowhound Team May 21, 2012 12:39 PM

                  For those who care, mangosteens imported from Thailand must be irradiated, while they can be imported fresh from some other places.

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