Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Pink and black and white and yummy...

Have you ever tried dragonfruit?


I have seen it for sale in Chinatown, and occasionally in city grocery stores, but the other day I found it in our local small-town grocery store (the YIG, aka Your Independent Grocer)! The produce manager was busy convincing a middle-aged woman (not me!) to try one. The last time I ate dragonfruit was in Cambodia in 2004 (very specific, eh?) so I decided to bring one home too.

When it's ripe, the flesh should have some give, like a ripe kiwi fruit. In fact, I find the taste of dragonfruit similar to kiwi.

It's a visually stunning fruit, all magenta and green on the outside, black and white on the inside. First you cut the fruit in half.


Scoop out each half with a spoon, remove any pink skin still stuck to it, and cut the halves into chunks. Eat. Yum!




Pretty!

You can read more about dragonfruit on Wikipedia.
And here's a short Toronto Star article on it.

I also bought some red-skinned bananas yesterday, which I find a bit more flavourful than the yellow ones. Brings back memories of our trips to hotter climes.

18 comments:

  1. It looks so good!!! I have never seen any around where I live. If I ever see one, I will try it! You have convinced me that it is good!

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  2. It's always good to try new things. Those dragonfruit look nice!

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  3. Never tried it! Thanks for the introduction to a new food!

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  4. I've seen it but never tried it. I must give it a go

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  5. When I saw that first pic I thought of Audrey II, the monster plant, in "Little Shop of Horrors." I almost heard it say "Feed me!!"

    Bet it's tasty, though.

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  6. I've seen these in some markets around the city but I've never tried it. I love the colors! Have you ever seen (smelled) Durian fruit? Because of the smell I don’t particularly want to eat it but apparently if you get past the smell it tastes good.

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  7. I saw it today at the grocery store and wasn't sure if I should buy it or not. Now you've convinced me!!

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  8. It doesn't have a really strong taste. I think it would look pretty in front salad. Apparently there are other varieties of dragon fruit with a stronger taste. Definitely kiwi-like!

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  9. TTPT, it's definitely Audrey-esque!

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  10. David, I have got to try durian sometime! I have seen it for sale in Chinatown, but I first saw in on our honeymoon back in 1993. We were travelling in southeast Asia and I remember getting a bus with a sign in front that said "No durians!" We also stayed a hotel that forbid you to bring durians into the room. I was too chicken to try them but the next time I get a chance, I'm going to! :)

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  11. Ronna, it is one freaky-looking fruit, isn't it?

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  12. I've had Dragon Fruit many times, but I'm usually disappointed by the taste. To me it's a bit like a very watery radish.

    And NB had a bag of Durian flavoured candies. His off-handed comment was that it tasted only a little bit like vomit.

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  13. My daughter and I went to Hawaii several years ago and bought a bunch of fruit at the farmer's market, including dragon fruit. I had never tried it before. Delicious!

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  14. prettier on the inside than the outside.....outside it looks like a boil!

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  15. I forgot to mention what a nice knife that looks like in the pictures.

    :)

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  16. I'm going to have to speak to the produce folks at our supermarket. You have dragonfruit, red-skinned bananas, and free health insurance?

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  17. Anonymous3:51 pm

    thought this was about 'Good-n-Plenty's hahhaha.

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  18. HWB, I am mustering up the courage to try a durian candy. Stay tuned!

    COgDis: Hawaii, sigh... tropical fruit, sigh...


    John, as you are a nurse, I will allow your boil diagnosis. However it was quite a tasty boil!


    Marylee, we do indeed! And in a rural area, even. :) We have a good little hospital ten minutes from here, too.

    Good one, Anon!

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!