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Fresh Mangosteens

Tigerjohn | | Jul 15, 2003 02:03 PM

I was in Montreal over the weekend at an Asian grocer when sitting right there in the produce section was an package of 8 small dark purple-maroon fruits, what I consider the best tasting in the world: Mangosteens. Whenever I am in Asia, I try to eat as many as possible because I have never seen them available in the US. Apparently, the USDA has not cleared Mangosteens for import from Asia and while they have for the Western Hemisphere, the 8-12 year lag beetween fruiting and planting has discouraged commerical production of Mangosteens outside of Asia and Australia. I wanted to know if anyone has every found them fresh in the US or elsewhere in Canada (these were from Thailand, so it seems Canada has cleared them for import).