Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Tasted a dragon lately?

Being somewhat adventurous when it comes to food I saw these in Checkers yesterday...

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya... and when I opened it up we had this! Tasted a bit like Kiwi with a smattering of Prickly Pear!

Being epiphytic they are grown on top of posts as in this picture from the ABC Rural site...

Here one can see that inside they resemble their cousin prickly pears, almost the same shade of purple/red that the better known Cactus have but with smaller seeds. One peels them just the same and not like pineapples as the lady in Checkers mentioned though...

So would I buy them again? At R59 per Kg they are expensive but I think for that special occasion where you want to add striking colour or texture there is nothing to beat a slice of Dragon Fruit... it contrasts very well with Kiwi by the way.
Now I can also say I know what Dragons Fruit tastes like.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. St Basil

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