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May 19, 2012 06:40 PM

Fresh mangosteens spotted in the Portola [SF]

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

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    1. re: ourswimmer

      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.

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Aridon99

            Picture of the Mangosteens with Lychee.

            1. re: Aridon99

              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!

              1. re: Dave MP

                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.

                1. re: Aridon99

                  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.

                  1. re: Dawgmommy

                    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.

                    1. re: Aridon99

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

                      1. re: Aridon99

                        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.

                        1. re: Aridon99

                          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. We split some discussion about what irradiation does to food over to the General Topics board at:

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                1. re: The Chowhound Team

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