Mangosteen

Posted by on May 8, 2012
Mangosteen in syrup

Mangosteen in syrup

I first heard about mangosteen when I saw a bottle of mangosteen juice on the store shelf. You’d think it was related to the mango, because of the way it starts with “mango” and all, but it’s not. It’s actually related to the bacupari, the achacha, and Livingstone’s garcinia. (I’m glad I could clear that up for you.) Its French name, mangoustan, sounds like someplace a spy would go to on a secret mission. Well, maybe to East Mangoustan anyway, since the West Mangoustanis are being quite cooperative these days.

As far as I knew, mangosteen was illegal in the United States since it can harbor some kind of terrible fruit fly that would devour every bit of fruit in the country within a matter of days. I was therefore quite surprised to find a can of New Lamthong brand mangosteen available for purchase at the local ethnic food store. After carefully looking over my shoulder a few times, I stealthily slipped the can of forbidden fruit into my shopping basket.  Was it some sort of trap? Was New Lamthong just a front for the Mangosteen Enforcement Agency? And what happened to Old Lamthong? There were so many unanswered questions.

When I got home, I closed all the blinds and carefully opened the can, half expecting the jack-booted thugs to come bursting through my door at any moment.  Inside I found several small, segmented fruits which tasted like canned pears and had the texture of canned peaches. That, and an incredible amount of syrup. In fact, the can was mostly syrup, with only 7 or 8 actual mangosteen fruits. All in all, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything special either. And it turns out it’s not even illegal. They just say that to make you want it more.###三菱 業務用エアコン【PSZ-ERMP50KM】スリムER 三相200V 2馬力 床置形 KAタイプ 標準シングル
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3 Responses to Mangosteen

  1. Arren Kimbel-Sannit

    You are going to bring those in to fencing.

    • David Rice

      One small problem: mangosteens are small. I ate them already.

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