5/7/12

A Fruit Adventure: Dragon Fruit

When it comes to fruits, I stick to the classics. Apples, oranges, berries, and bananas. Maybe if I'm feeling wild I'll buy a pineapple.  But sometimes, as a dorky adventure, I'll have my kids pick an exotic fruit instead of candy after school. It's shocking how excited this makes them. Usually this adventure ends with me pulling up a Youtube video explaining how to cut the fruit properly. I can always find one.

On a trip to Chinatown on Saturday, I found a perfect example of the kind of fruit I buy on a fruit adventure: A Dragon Fruit.  It's my first! Here's some pictures and how I cut it. It was really simple and easy. The flavor: Almost like a melon, but more mild. Delicious and cool. The texture: Slight crunch and juicy. Love the little seeds. Reminds me of a kiwi. I loved it, the kids liked it.

What's your favorite exotic fruit? Are you in a fruit rut? There's always the Exotic Fruit of the Month Club! My husband would be thrilled to be a member. ha
Cut in half, length wise.
Scoop out white section with a spoon, like you would a kiwi. 

Dice and serve in the skin. Simple and pretty.

How much for this exotic fruit? Yikes. It's embarrassing. I'm hiding the price in shame after the jump. 


The total came up to be $5 for one piece of fruit! No wonder I stick to the classics. Total splurge, but worth the adventure of trying something new. 

22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos!

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  2. My sister and I tried dragon fruit a while ago, and it wasn't a tasty experience. Maybe they weren't really ready yet? It had no taste, and with the texture that it is, it definitely needs a taste! Glad y'all liked it! I may have to try again!

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  3. That looks so crazy! I might have to try it.

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  4. I am crazy about dragon fruit! One of my favorites. When we are in Hawaii it is an indulgence that I take in because it is hard to find in OC. Expensive, but worth it :)

    Sarah
    www.jugglinginheels.com

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  5. I love trying new foods, often spend time on the grocery store just browsing at different item that I've never heard. Would love to try this fruit

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  6. I lived in the Northern part of Brazil and I tried many types of fruit. My favorite by far is Cupuacu.

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  7. I LOVE dragon fruit! So glad you tried it. I had it all the time in Taiwan. SO good.

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  8. I've never had Dragon Fruit, but it looks beautiful. Having fruit adventures is a wonderful idea... and a trip to Chinatown could provide enough new foods to last a lifetime!

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  9. I'm kind of terrified of exotic fruit...will it taste awful? will i accidentally eat part of the plant that is poisonous or something?

    Although I did experience some amazing fruits in Costa Rica, it felt safer having them served to me.

    This is a really pretty fruit though!

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  10. That's a beautiful looking fruit!:) I am funny when it comes to texture. I wouldn't mind trying a "no thank-you bite"...just in case I might like it:)
    ~C

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  11. So pretty! Love the colors with the yellow.

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  12. My, it's cheap here, 1$ for 2 pieces, and 1$ each for the big red organic one! I'm in asia anyway ;)

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  13. I'm a meanie and have vegetables for snack. BUT... that's because my son Reuses to eat any vegetables I send in his lunch, & I know he'll eat them with me and his baby sis. Our adventurous snack is something kinda junkie. {I'm a sucker for gluten, chocolate, and cheese, alas, as is well-evident in my no-longer size 2 hips.} Right now it's frozen fruits with that chocolate hard shell on top. Mmmm. Not too horrible, right? Wish we could get those Dragon fruits here.

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  14. the key of choosing a dragon fruit is that you have to have the right hue of purple. Anything too deep, is not sweet anymore. Anything too light, it will be too 'young'. Imagine crossing the bridge from deep pink to light purple, the right shade is right in the middle of the bridge (if you can imagine it).
    I used to live in South East Asia where the fruits are abundant, and still often I get it wrong. Especially when you pick it from a big basket of dragon fruits - it's easy to be misled.
    But luckily there's a solution for bland dragon fruits. Sprinkle a little salt or better yet, use fruit salt. I don't know how people would react to savory fruits, but in Asia, we even put peanut sauce (taste like peanut butter) on fruits.
    And yes, the price is exorbitant once we live far from the country of origin, but the next morning you'll have a cleaner digestive system.. you'll see ;)

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  15. i used to eat it but i disliked it:)

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  16. there are different varieties of dragon fruit. you should try the one with purplish "flesh." yum!

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  17. Came across you on Circle of Moms and was most intrigued by your blurb. Great blog! Also, I'm now on the hunt for dragon fruit in SC. Basically impossible I assume.

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  18. When I was a little girl I used to call it dalmatian fruit, which is something I entirely invented. I still have an urge to call it that however no one would know what I was talking about if I did!

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  19. Oh my, how beautiful! :) I think Dragon Fruit is on the list for the Mother's Day brunch :)

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  20. Wow, everything is so unique about this fruit - the color, the texture, sounds intriguing!

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  21. My husband would totally love that fruit of the month, too! This is such a fun post:)

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