Hunting the wily mangosteen

A few weeks ago, I was in Tesco Clearwater when I spotted something I wasn’t expecting; a tray of fruit labelled “Mangosteen“.

Mangosteen are delicious. In Thailand, they’re called “the queen of fruit” (with the oh-so-stinky and not quite as enjoyable Durian as the king). We once spent a week on a Thai beach snacking on bags of the things; they’re so good.

Unfortunately the tray was empty. :(

Ever since then, every time I’ve gone back to that Tesco, there’s been no sign of the mangosteen; not even another empty tray! Thing is, I now know they’re importing them, so I’m really jonesing… if any Dublin readers happen to spot some, please (a) be sure to buy some for yourself and (b) let us know where you found it!

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  1. Matthew
    Posted June 29, 2007 at 16:04 | Permalink

    Hi Justin, Matt here, a long(ish) time reader of your blog and Irishman living in Berlin. Well, this is the first time I’ve really had anything really of use to contribute :). But I think if you go to a shop called “Asia Market” which is in Drury’s Street a few doors down from Musician INC. They stock a lot of exotic fruits, and I’m pretty sure last time I was home and in there they had Mangosteen. If they don’t have them ask for the owner “Helen” and maybe she’ll import some for you … Hope you find ’em!

  2. Posted June 29, 2007 at 16:33 | Permalink

    Thanks Matt!

    I know the Asia Market — the last time I was there, there were no mangosteen, but I’ll take another look… I need to get down there soon anyway to pick up some more Sriracha hot sauce ;)

  3. Ole
    Posted July 23, 2007 at 11:48 | Permalink

    Hi Justin,

    I bump into your blog. I stay in Chanthaburi, province in Eastern of Thailand, where is largest source of Durian and Mangosteen.

    And my home is locate at Chonburi, also a province in Eastern. Sriracha chili sauce brand is from Chonburi.

    If you still like them, I can send you only Sriracha chili sauce and Durian snack to you. E-mail me your address.

    [email protected]

    Ole =^_^=

  4. Posted July 23, 2007 at 15:12 | Permalink

    Ole —

    I love Sriracha chili sauce; I generally get through a 750 ml bottle of the stuff every month, I eat it on my food all the time! Unfortunately I can’t say that I’m such a big fan of Durian, however ;)

    many thanks for your kind offer, but I wouldn’t want to inconvenience you. Thank you for offering, anyway!

  5. Posted November 20, 2007 at 18:42 | Permalink

    Dammit, now I want some too ;-)

    The only mangosteeney things I can find here, however, are ridiculously priced drinks that appear to be part of some MLM scam. :(

  6. Ole
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 19:44 | Permalink

    Hi Justin & Codefocus,

    I happy to hear thet you love (some) Thai food :)

    Unfortunately, there is no mangosteen now. And when it season I think I cannot to.

    Please email me your address, I will send both of you (separatly hehehe) the Sriracha chili sauce and Durian snack. May not too much but may be enough for tast :)

    [email protected] Ole