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Mangosteens (my avatar)
    #2254074 - 01/19/04 10:03 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Man, these things have gotta be one of the best tasting fruits on the planet! I had the pleasure of trying them fresh some time ago, but I hear they're rare or next to impossible to get in the USA (only canned from what I hear). Anyone tried em, like em?

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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: SuperLazy]
    #2254199 - 01/19/04 10:37 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

At wiseGEEK, we try to be as objective as possible, but sometimes something is so good that we cannot help but give opinions. The mangosteen is the world?s best tasting fruit - nothing could possibly come close. First off, it is important to note that it has absolutely nothing to do with a mango - a mangosteen does not look or taste anything like mangoes (which is a great fruit of its own).

The mangosteen grows on small evergreen trees in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and southern India. Some farmers are trying their luck in Hawaii and the Caribbean, but the fruit is known for being difficult to grow. It is said that Queen Victoria offered a sizable prize to anyone who could bring an edible mangosteen back to England, but no one was able. Mangosteens are currently not available in the United States because the rind can carry pests that would threaten other crops.

The mangosteen is a round, purple fruit slightly smaller than a tennis ball. To eat it, you can crush the brittle yet moist rind with your palms to reveal the pure-white delicacy inside. The bitter rind is inedible, and the fruit comes in the form of variously sized wedged segments, the largest of which may hold a solitary seed. The number of segments usually varies from 4 to 8 which is matched by the number of points on the protrusion from the underside of the fruit; therefore, you can discover how many segments you are in for before you open the mangosteen.

The flavor? Its really not like anything else you may have tasted, so do not take comparisons too literally. The mangosteen has flavors that range from strawberry, peach, vanilla ice cream - it is definitely sweet tempered with a very slight sourness. The flavor is divine and wonderfully delicate. You can find canned mangosteen, but the flavor does not even seem to resemble that of the fresh fruit. There is a new electronic pasteurization process that may allow mangosteens to be shipped to the U.S. mainland from Hawaii, but they won?t be readily available anytime soon.

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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: Dankman]
    #2256234 - 01/20/04 03:51 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Bummer, I want one.    :frown:

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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: Dankman]
    #2256606 - 01/20/04 05:29 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I've had that before, goes by the name Queen of the Fruits as well. It's freaking awesome. So sweet, I could eat my self sick on it.

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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: SuperLazy]
    #2257181 - 01/20/04 08:44 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Those things look really neat!  I'll be keepin' an eye out, thanks for the heads up :thumbup:


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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: SuperLazy]
    #2257311 - 01/20/04 09:21 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Mangosteens are awesome. I had a bunch when I went overseas, they are kinda pricy though. I can't find any canned mangosteens though.

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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: SuperLazy]
    #2337990 - 02/15/04 05:40 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I absolutely love mangosteens, trying to suck all the pulp from the seeds can be a little frustrating though, but what a flavor! Yes, they are quite hard to come by here in the states, but I've seen outdoor markets in Toronto carry them when they're in season.

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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: soochi]
    #2355689 - 02/19/04 06:24 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I believe the mangosteen is queen of fruits and durian is king. I've long entertained ideas of greenhouse growing in the US but it would be expensive.

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Re: Mangosteens (my avatar) [Re: KthxBye]
    #2355803 - 02/19/04 06:47 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

mmm durian

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