How to tame and eat your Dragon Fruit 101
Step 1) Head to your library and pick up a copy of a fantastic book titled the exotic fruit and vegetable handbook by Oona van den Berg. Read before bed, and you will dream of dragon fruits, sapodillas, palm fruit and cherimoyas.
Step 2) Admire your fruits.... they resemble what I would imagine a dinosaur egg to look like. Brilliantly pink with odd spikes of green aloe like flaps protruding from around it's oval shaped body. Admire some more....
Step 3) Prepare your work area, you will need 1 large knife and 1 spoon.
Step 4) Get ready for some amazing visual contrast. It was like cutting into a dinosaur egg... and then finding 101 Dalmatians inside! See for yourself.
Step 5) Scoop! Take your spoon and gently scoop the dragon flesh out, if you are careful, you can scoop it all out in one fell swoop making it even more lovely for the presentation.
Step 6) Cube the dragon fruit carefully and transfer back into the shell of the fruit. Enjoy alone or drizzle lemon syrup over the fruit for added flavor.
I really did start dreaming about exotic fruits after I poured over that wonderful book one evening while curled up on my couch. One of our local Asian Food Markets carries lots of fun produce, so I headed over last week to see what fruits I could pick up and bring home to taste. I ended up with lychee, dragon fruit, and rambutan. It felt like I needed a lesson in exotic fruits, how to peel them, eat them and what they taste like. Ten dollars later..... they were in my car heading home.
The kids took one look at the dragon fruit and their eyes popped open wide with a "what is that?" expression. I even had an "ewww, we're going to eat that." It was like I brought home an undesirable alien. I proceeded to dice the dragon fruit and serve it up to them. I think we were all a bit disappointed when we took our first bite. With all the pomp and circumstance that the fruit comes housed in, we were all expecting some sort of an enticing exotic flavor. Sadly, it was quite bland, extremely mild.... pretty much flavorless ie. BORING. However, not wanting to dis this beautiful glorious dinosaur egg fruit.......it does holds it's shape beautifully and would be a great addition to any mixed fruit salad.
Next time you are at the market, try something new. Tame those dragons, dream big dreams and have a wonderful start to your week!.....xoxo Megan