What is Dragon Fruit & How to Eat It?
Adventure in Eating
My hubby and I often watch one of the food channels on television and sometimes we see types of food of which we are unfamiliar.
Chopped is one of our favorite programs in which the contestants open baskets filled with some crazy combinations of things with which they have to make an appetizer, an entrée or a dessert using at least a portion of each thing found in the basket.
They are also timed and the people making the most flavorful and well presented dish within the time limit wins and moves on to competing in the next round. One person is chopped from the competition and no longer competes.
The ultimate winner who is one person out of four original contestants walks away with a cash prize and bragging rights.
Whether we saw dragon fruit on Chopped or another television cooking program does not matter. Suffice it to say we had both heard of this fruit but had never purchased nor tasted it.
We were shopping in a relatively new grocery store that has opened in Houston recently called Sprouts. I spotted dragon fruits for sale at $4.99 a pound. We decided that it would be fun to buy one and see what it tasted like.
Fortunately there was a customer in line at the checkout stand behind us that advised us what to do with it. She told us that what she does is to slice the fruit in half and simply scoop out the flesh with a spoon and eat it that way. We were grateful for her advice. The lady was of Asian descent and mentioned that the ones grown in her part of the world tasted sweeter.
Armed with this information we went home and shared that one dragon fruit the next morning as a part of our breakfast when we often enjoy some fresh fruit.
The taste of the dragon fruit is very mild. It had a texture reminiscent of a soft melon or kiwi berry. It was full of tiny seeds similar in size to a poppy seed but with little flavor.
Dragon fruit is not inexpensive. This one fruit cost us $2.50 so I know we will not be purchasing them often but at least we have now been introduced to its flavor.
Regions where Dragon Fruit is Grown
Dragon fruit is grown in warm climates around the world ranging from Asian countries to Mexico to South America, Hawaii and other places.
It is the fruit of a cactus and there are dark red, pink and yellow varieties.
You can learn more about dragon fruit here.
If you wish to know how to grow a dragon fruit the video below will be of help.
See what a dragon fruit plantation looks like here:
Nutritional Values of DragonFruit
These approximate values are based upon consuming 1 small white fleshed dragon fruit. As you can easily tell from the numbers listed below, it can add good nutrition to a person's daily diet. The percentage numbers are based upon an average 2,000 calorie diet.
- 60 Calories
- 14 Grams of Carbohydrates, approximately 5%
- 1 Gram Fiber, approximately 4%
- 2 Grams Protein, approximately 4%
- 0 Cholesterol as there is 0 fat
If you know of other ways to enjoy dragon fruit, please leave your comments below. Thanks!
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If you cannot find this fruit in your local stores or markets, you can always order them online.
© 2016 Peggy Woods