Dragon Fruit

IMG_9909.jpg

——————————

BASICS

Names: pithaya · strawberry pear

Origin: Cambodia • China • the Philippines • Thailand • Sri Lanka • Vietnam

Plant: Hylocereus undatus

Legend: During battle many years ago, fire wasn’t the only thing that came from a dragon’s mouth. At the end of each fiery blow, a dragon fruit would fall from the dragon’s tongue and onto the ground. Once the dragon was slain, soldiers collected the fruit and presented it to the Emperor as a symbol of victory.

Varieties: magenta • magnolia

In Season: summer to early fall

——————————

HEALTH

Nutrition: fiber iron • vitamin C & B

Benefits: antioxidant properties  replenishes blood  strengthens immune system  helps with digestion and constipation

Replaces: kiwi

——————————

SHOP

Store: Asian markets, or your grocery store’s produce section near other exotic fruit.

Selection: Fruit with leathery, bright, even-colored skin, flexible stems, and green scales. Avoid fruits with bruises, blotchy coloring, and dry, browned scales. To check for ripeness, squeeze the fruit like an avocado or pear. If it’s too firm, then it will need a few days to ripen. If it’s too soft, then it’s past its prime. Try to find a middle ground with flesh that yields when squeezed.

Other Products: Dragon Fruit Powder Dragon Fruit ChipsDragon Fruit Energy DrinkDragon Fruit GumDragon Fruit Candy

——————————

PREPARE

Preparation: Cut the fruit in half lengthwise. Then scoop out the flesh by running a spoon along the edges of the skin (like an avocado). If the fruit is ripe, it should easily separate from the skin. Finally, cut into desired shapes.

Storage: Keep the fruit on your kitchen counter until the pink skin darkens (a sign of ripeness). If you’re not ready to use it, move it into your fridge for up to 3 days (dragon fruit is tastier cold). If cut open, wrap halves in plastic wrap and place cut pieces in an airtight container.

——————————

EAT

Taste & Texture: just barely sweet • spongy like a watermelon • crunchy seeds like a kiwi 

Suggested Uses: toss in fruit salad • add to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt • use in homemade jams or jello • purée and add to drinks 

Recipes:

Dragon Fruit Salsa

Dragon Fruit Soda (via Kitchen Konfidence)

Dragon Fruit Smoothie (via Grateful Grazer) 

Dragon Fruit Sorbet (via The Spruce Eats)

Mando & Dragon Fruit Tart (via Ricardo Cuisine)

——————————

~*~ MORE ~*~

DIY Dragon Fruit Face Mask and Hair Conditioner (via HudaBeauty.com)

Dragon Fruit Dish Soap

Dragon Fruit Bath Gel

Dragon Fruit Preparation

What do you know about Dragon Fruit? Let me know and leave a comment below.

 

Food for Thought

%d bloggers like this: