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!
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:
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….VoilÃ ! Dragon fruit smoothie. YUM. That’s all I can say.