The Dragon fruit is truly a novelty in the kingdom of fruits. It actually looks like a baby dragon curled up in a ball with its spikes poking out. The dragon fruit is cultivated in the hot climates of Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Israel. Dragon fruit can be easily purchased in American grocery stores. Dragon fruits are not difficult to find, just look for the pink or green spines protruding from behind the kiwis and grapefruit!
Eating a Dragon fruit offers not only a unique experience, but also a healthy snack. Dragon fruits are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, vitamin C, and plenty of fiber. The texture of a Dragon fruit is similar to a kiwi but the taste is like that of a sweet pear.
When picking out a ripe Dragon fruit, look for one with smooth, even skin and few blotches. Press down on the Dragon fruit with your thumb. If the Dragon fruit is mushy, it may be overripe. If the Dragon fruit doesn’t budge, then it may not have ripened yet.
Preparing a Dragon fruit for a meal is quite simple. The Dragon fruit will have an oblong shape with nodules at either end. You will need to slice from bump to bump which will cause the Dragon fruit to fall into two elongated halves, not circles.
The Dragon fruit will reveal either a white or red flesh speckled with tiny black seeds. To separate the skin from the fleshy fruit, take a large spoon and carefully scoop the fruit out of the peeling. While cleaning the Dragon fruit, try to keep the spoon as close to the skin as possible so as to not waste any of the fruit.
You will now have two halves of Dragon fruit sitting on a plate. You can slice, dice, or blend your Dragon fruit into a smoothie or you can serve it with dinner. Mix dragon fruit in a salad to give it an exotic nuance, or simply eat it plain and brag to your friends about experiencing a delicious Dragon fruit!