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26.03.2008 (27.03.2008)

unusual apperance, taste, texture

expensive, may taste too bland for some

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Dragon Fruit

When I was shopping in Tesco's on Thursday I spotted a rather unusual looking fruit which immediately caught my eye; The Dragon Fruit. I had never seen a Dragon Fruit in Tesco's before and being rather curious I decided to purchase one just to see what it tasted like. Now the Dragon Fruit isn't exactly a cheap fruit to buy, one Dragon Fruit will cost you 1.99 from Tescos although the price may be slightly cheaper or more expensive if you purchase it elsewhere.

As you can see from the picture at the top of this review the skin on the dragon fruit is quite scaly in apperance and is mostly pink in colour apart from the tips of the scales which are light green. I was actually quite surprised with the feel of the Dragon Fruit at first because it felt quite waxy almost greasy; I thought that it would possibly feel similar to a pear. When I cut the Dragon Fruit opened I was quite surprised because it had lots of little black seeds inside it which look like the same sort of seeds you find inside a kiwi fruit. The flesh was really soft and juicy and also similar to a kiwi although the flesh inside the dragon fruit is white and not green.

There are a few different ways you can serve the Dragon fruit. Having never tried one before I just cut it into wedges so as I could try it. Other ways of serving it are by cutting it in half and eating it with a spoon then discarding the skin. You can also cut it into chunks and mix it with other fruits and make a fruit salad. You can also make a smoothie with it or put it through a juicer to extract the juice. It is also nice to serve the Dragon fruit with ice cream or a fruit sorbet. It is also a good idea to keep the fruit chilled before serving it because this brings out the flavour of the fruit.

There are three different types of Dragon Fruit, which are ~

Red Pitaya Hylocereus undatus ~ Which is the most common Dragon fruit, pink skin with a white coloured flesh.

Costa Rica Pitaya Hylocereus costaricensis ~ which has a red flesh and red skin, it is sometimes referred to as polyrhizus.

Yellow Pitaya Hylocereus megalanthus ~ which has a yellow skin and a white flesh.

The taste of the Dragon fruit is rather unusual because it doesn't really have a taste, the taste is rather delicate. I think that the dragon fruit has a very slight sweet taste which is slightly similar to water melon and kiwi, the sweet taste is also accompanied with a very slight creamy taste too. It is rather unusual in texture too because it is rather watery and sort of dissolves in your mouth without needing to chew it much. When chewing the Dragin Fruit it has a texture similar to a pear; although it has a slight crunch as well because of the tiny black seeds.

A Dragon Fruit is very low in calories and contains lots of vitamins and minerals which are good for you. They are very rich in fibre, phosphorus, calcium and antioxidants.

The typical nutritional value per 100g of Dragon Fruit source Wikipedia
Water 80-90 g
Carbohydrates 9-14 g
Protein 0.2-0.5 g
Fat 0.1-0.6 g
Fibre 0.3-0.9 g
Ash 0.4-0.7 g
Calories: 35-50
Calcium 6-10 mg
Iron 0.3-0.7 mg
Phosphorus 16 - 36 mg
Carotene (Vitamin A) traces
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) traces
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 0.2-0.45 mg
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 4-25 mg

I actually liked the taste of the dragon fruit because it is really juicy and has a fairly delicate flavour. I think it that it will taste a lot nicer if served in a fruit salad with some stronger tasting fruits such as mangos, apples, strawberries and passion fruit. If it hadn't been for the unusual appearance and bright colour of the fruit I would have noticed it and never tried it. I'm glad I did try it because it is actually a really nice delicate tasting fruit. If you like the sound of this fruit then you can purchase it from Tesco's for the price of 1.99, I'm sure you can also purchase it from Asda, Marks and Spencers, Sainsbury's etc and also some fruit stores who sell exotic fruits.

If you do decide to try the Dragon Fruit, then look out for ones which have a slightly shiny looking skin because they are fresher then the ones with dull skin. It is also best to store the fruit in the fridge and serve chilled as this enhances the flavour.

Thanks for reading
:o) Lisa x

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inside of the dragon fruit
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MizzMolko 22.12.2008 22:29

Thanks for the education : ) Eleanor x

lesa60 13.04.2008 15:57

A bit pricy but you've got me wanting to try this. :)

tayloa22 06.04.2008 09:52

Very unusual looking fruit

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