Coolest Fruit Ever

So look at what I bought today!  It’s called a Pitaya, or Dragon Fruit.  Native to Central and South America, and also produced in Asia, this cactus fruit is gorgeous on the outside, as evidenced by one of it’s other names, the Orchid Fruit.  It’s flesh can be purple or white with tiny black seeds.  The flesh of this beautiful fruit can be eaten alone or pureed into beverages, sorbets….It is similar in flavor to the kiwi fruit.  The outer skin is inedible.  Rich in lycopene, and vitamin C, and very low in calories, this refreshing fruit is perfect for summer.  More pics to come as soon as I open the fruit….it’s just too pretty to cut yet! :)

pitaya

Well, I worked up the nerve to cut into this little prize…I felt like I was defiling a rare flower….oh the guilt!  But look what was inside:

pitaya

pitaya

That first bite….MMMMM!  It actually is similar to kiwi, but not as tart, and it actually has some floral undertones.  The seeds are not as strong tasting as the kiwi’s either…very mild, in fact.  The fruit was delicious on it’s own…very subtle.  I decided to turn it into breakfast by pureeing it with a banana and a coconut yogurt….Voilà!  Dragon fruit smoothie.  YUM.  That’s all I can say.

pitaya smoothie

8 Responses to “Coolest Fruit Ever”

  1. I am trying to get a dragon fruit recipe for publication in an upcoming issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, for which I am on deadline.
    I love your photos. How would I go about getting some hi-res shots of these photos as well as your smoothie recipe for our magazine?
    Thanks for your help.

    Eva Ditler
    Managing Editor
    San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
    4577 Viewridge Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92123


  2. I’m fairly confident that this is the fruit that I had in Ecuador, six years ago, that I absolutely loved. I’ve been trying since then to find it, but I never heard it’s name. Now I can look for dragon fruit – same color, and similar taste description to how I recall it. Thanks!


  3. i’ve been dying to try this. they sell it at the market near my house, but the price is ridiculous– something like $10 or $15 a pop!


  4. Godzilla—-Maybe try an Asian supermarket…I bet you’d get a much better deal. That is pricey!

    Edward—–happy to help! :D


  5. One of the most beautiful and bland fruits in the world. It’s as dull in flavour as it is stunning in appearance.


  6. WOW!!! and WOW!! and WOW!! again! what a gorgeous fruit!!!
    I’m into photographing fruits, vegetables and flowers among other things and this is just a feast for the eyes!
    I’ll try to find it in the Asian markets around here.
    Thanks!


  7. Mrs B…yes, you are quite right…the flavor is very mild.


  8. Thank you so much for your comment Martha! It really is a fun subject to photograph. :D


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