Dragon Fruit!

Whenever I’m in the grocery store I end up in a focused fit.

I’m either concentrated on sales, ingredients or a list of what I need for the next meal.

My last visit was wrapped around that night’s dinner. We were having chicken tacos. I need tortillas and tortilla chips. I got all the produce I needed at the farmers’ market, but at the last minute I decided to check on the price of avocados.

I was heading directly to the avocado section when a basket caught my eye.

Keep in mind I was in Publix, not some some specialty store.

I couldn’t believe it. The sign read, “Dragon Fruit.”

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Until that point I’d only seen this masterpiece on “Chopped” on The Food Network.

I was mesmerized.

On the outside they’re magenta and have soft green spikes.

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I had to have one, even at $2.99 per fruit.

The excitement was unreal. I’d forgotten all about tacos.

Dragon fruit, also know as pitaya, comes from a cactus. I think that makes it even cooler, no?

Look at it!

Why don’t they make wax ones or a plastic variety? I’d much rather have a bowl of fake dragon fruit than a display of pretend apples. Wouldn’t you?

And if you think the outside is gorgeous, wait till you open it up.

Just cut it in half.

Can you believe it?

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When you go beyond the hot pinkish flesh dragon fruit goes all Alice in Wonderland on you.

It’s bright white with tiny black (edible) seeds!

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I have a feeling Tim Burton introduced Mother Nature to Beetlejuice at a Halloween party and this was their first born.

The skin isn’t edible, so use a spoon to scoop out the flesh (just like you would an avocado).

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Make sure you trim away any remaining threads of skin.

Then cube up the meat and go for it.

You know that whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” crap? Well, I have two words for you: dragon fruit.

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I wish the flavor was as magnificent as its costume.

The flesh is pretty bland. It has a very tame melon-like flavor. It’s pretty creamy, though, and kinda reminds me a bit of yogurt.

Truth be told, I think my dragon fruit was overripe by the time I used it. When the soft spikes start to turn brown and crisp up it means that you’ve past its prime.

Still, it was a delicious experience, more so for my eyes, but so what?

Dragon fruit is low in calories and gives you a good dose of antioxidants, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, and fiber!

If you can find it, try it!

You might get even luckier than I did. Some varieties have bright pink flesh. How cool is that?

Tip: Don’t pull a me and reinvent the wheel with dragon fruit. Just eat it as is. It’s really not meant to be cooked. If anything, add it to a salad.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Would you believe I have tried it before? Novi buys both Dragon Fruit and Passion Fruit. I will stick with good old apples 🙂 They are beautiful to look at though.

    1. Wow! I’m impressed! Where does she get them? I’ve never had passion fruit.

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