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Fresh mangosteens were banned from import to the United States until 2007. They are still phoenix-like in their scarcity, I do not recall ever seeing them in New York Chinatown.
Mangosteens are the ‘queen of fruit’ to odorous durian, the ‘king of fruit.’ The tough, purple skin is ripped away to reveal a nested orb of glowing, translucent pearls shaped like garlic cloves. The flavor is ethereal.
Strolling through T&T Supermarket in Toronto, we halted in rapture at the mangosteen display.
The prize barely made it back to the hotel garden for a mangosteen date. I chivalrously did the peeling, falling farther and farther behind in eating but gaining in conjugal harmony.
Readers, have you sampled mangosteens? Where do they rank among your favorite fruits?