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Eatswellrunslots Feb 1, 2013 12:21 PM

Does anyone know where I can get some fresh mangosteens in San Frsncisco or on the Peninsula? Thanks!

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  1. wolfe RE: Eatswellrunslots Feb 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    Mangosteen sightings last year and beyond.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/850055
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869743
    http://www.chow.com/search?query=mang...

    1. Windy RE: Eatswellrunslots Feb 2, 2013 12:18 AM

      Not this time of year. Late spring through maybe September, typically from Thailand.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: Eatswellrunslots Feb 2, 2013 10:07 AM

        They were around in May last year.

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          fishhead RE: Eatswellrunslots Feb 17, 2013 04:10 PM

          Last week Nak's in Menlo Park had them. They buy them at the wholesale market when they're available. I got a few a couple of weeks ago and they were delicious. I think they were $5.50 per half-pound.

          They also try to purchase fresh durian. If you want either, give them a call to check availability.

          Nak's Oriental Market
          1151 Chestnut St Menlo Park, CA 94025
          (650) 325-2046

          1. kenja RE: Eatswellrunslots Mar 7, 2013 11:06 AM

            Hi this is Ken. My Father is the owner of Nak's Oriental Market in Menlo Park. We just got 30 pounds of fresh Mangosteen in this morning. If you are interested. Feel free to contact us. Thanks.
            Ken Kurose
            650-325-2046 store
            408-509-4258 cell

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              Windy RE: kenja Mar 7, 2013 12:24 PM

              Where are they grown this time of year?

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                kenja RE: Windy Mar 7, 2013 02:17 PM

                Thailand

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: kenja Mar 7, 2013 02:22 PM

                  If they're from Thailand, they have been irradiated, which not everyone considers the same as fresh.

                  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publication...

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                Eatswellrunslots RE: kenja Mar 9, 2013 11:06 PM

                Thank you so much Ken. They were delicious!

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                stanbee RE: Eatswellrunslots Mar 7, 2013 12:49 PM

                Fresh? Not irradiated?

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                  kenja RE: stanbee Mar 7, 2013 02:16 PM

                  Sorry Stanbee, Not sure what you mean by "not irradiated" you mean radiation? I would not know. I just know it's fresh and it came from Thailand. You may come to the store and read the box if you would like.
                  Regards,
                  Ken Kurose

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                    kenja RE: stanbee Mar 8, 2013 03:06 PM

                    Irradiated since they came from Thailand I was told.

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                      Windy RE: kenja Mar 8, 2013 04:22 PM

                      My understanding is all imported mangosteens are. The only domestic growers are in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The ones I had in Hawaii two summers ago weren't very good, but maybe they're getting better.

                      Mangosteens I had in Toronto a few summers ago came from Thailand and were luscious.

                  2. kenja RE: Eatswellrunslots Mar 10, 2013 10:44 PM

                    Eatswellrunslots you are very welcome. I am going to the produce market to see if they have more. Hopefully they will be a little larger. The last batch I picked up seemed to be a little small. I personally like the larger ones. :)

                    I did some research on the mangosteen. All Mangosteen, Durian, Rambutan, and Jack Fruit. Are all Irradiated. That is the only legal way they can come to the USA. They all go through a special X ray machine. I hope you all had a great weekend. Im going to leave shortly to see if I can get more Mangosteen, Jack fruit, and Rambutan. Good Night!

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: kenja Mar 11, 2013 09:20 AM

                      Limited quantities of fresh mangosteens are imported from Puerto Rico and maybe some other places in the Caribbean. I'm not sure any of them make it to California.

                      The other stuff is irradiated with gamma rays, usually from cobalt-60.

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