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Mangosteens Are All the Rage in New York City

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Mangosteens Are All the Rage in New York City

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Mangosteens Are All the Rage in New York City

Mangosteens Are All the Rage in New York City

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The redish purple fruit has become a sought-after commodity in upscale grocery stores in New York City. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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A mangosteen craze has swept New York City, after the first commercial crop of the fruit in decades reached a select few vendors.

In upscale grocery stores in New York City, a piece of the fruit sells for $12 to $15. Vendors say they are constantly receiving calls and other inquiries about the fruit.

The United States had banned the fruit imports from South Asia for fear of introducing negative organisms into the country. But a small number of mangosteens now enter the country from Puerto Rico and others will soon be imported from Thailand.

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