For I have had mangosteens. You may now call me your fruit king, and bow down to me. Line up your women in a single-file line, and make sure you kneel when you offer your tribute. If you do not bore me, I may be generous enough to regale you with my knowledge of fruits from the farthest corners of the orient. HAZA!
But seriously I read about the mangosteens coming into NYC from that grower in Puerto Rico and went into the city to get some. I got 1 lb (4 mangosteens) for $45 at The Orchard in Brooklyn. Hey had to try it once in my life.
The flesh had a soft, melting texture (it really does melt in your mouth as they say), and had the perfect balance of sweet and slight sourness, and a general fruity flavor with hints of strawberry and lychee - lychee is definitely a flavor that a lot of people will detect. One flaw though is that the flesh doesn't separate easily from the seed.
It was pretty tasty, but not amazing to me. Not what I would call one of the best fruits, regardless of its reputation. It probably is better super-fresh in Southeast Asia (the ones I bought had been shipped the week before, so the flesh was discoloring a bit around the seed), but still just not that amazing to me. I still much prefer the durians I buy in NYC. This is probably because I really need/like/prefer strong flavors, what with me burning myself with hot peppers all the time (it does dull your sense of taste).
When/if I ever make my trip to Southeast Asia to gorge myself on their fresh durians and other awesome and numerous fruits, I definitely will eat a lot of mangosteens. But at its current price (in America), I won't be eating it too often in America. Again, I prefer to spend my money on the Durians.
Pictures I took below