It’s been a long while since I submitted a Girls’ Got to Eat Post (GGEP). I have not been fasting. I promise you; I’m still smacking my lips and snapping “pics” of memorable meals and munchies.
For this post I perused the produce aisle of the local Asian Market. Shopping in the market is always an adventure. I like that it feels as if you need to have your passport stamped when you cross the threshold into the store. I get caught up in the buzz of the place; add to it that I am naturally curious and an adventurous eater – I’m hooked.
Whenever I go to the market to pick up a few items on my list; I inevitably give in to a little impulse buying. A recent discovery for me was the Dragon Fruit. It is also known as the Sweet Pitayas; and let me tell you, I am sweet on it. It was love at first sight. It is an exotic beauty. It is red/fuchsia skinned with large scales tipped in bright green (I’m on the lookout for the yellow-skinned variety). The beauty isn’t just skin deep with this fruit. When you cut into it you meet the inner beauty that can be surprising. It’s surprising because the flesh can be either white or bright fuchsia. Both colors have tiny edible seeds; similar to a kiwi.
When I first came across the fruit, I immediately tried to find it in my, dog-eared, copy of the Field Guide to Produce by Aliza Green (a great companion when shopping at the farmers market). The Dragon Fruit is not in the guide. I turned to the Internet to learn its origins and learn how to select and prepare the fruit. There were many articles and even a few videos on the subject; including an oddly funny demonstration on peeling the fruit; set to sexy jazz music (a fruit striptease?!?). I also found some mouth-watering cocktail recipes using Dragon Fruit infused vodka by Skyy Vodka .
Most of the articles described the flavor and texture of the Dragon Fruit as being an intermingling of kiwi, pear and watermelon. I agree with that description. It is refreshing with a mildly sweet flavor. It’s delicious on its own and would add a new flavor note and plenty of eye appeal to a fruit salad; perhaps with a drizzle of rum for zip.
If the Dragon Fruit is new to you; I hope you will give it a try. If you are already familiar with this fruit, please share your recipes. Sharing is caring!!
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