how to slay a dragon (fruit)

Is it weird that I often get stopped by strangers in the grocery store and asked how I prepare or eat something? This usually happens in the produce section, I think because people genuinely want to try new things, they just aren’t sure how to go about it. Artichokes are still what I get asked the most about, but I’ve been stopped for a number of foods and this one is the latest: Dragon Fruit.

I was so excited to see these at our local grocery store because I’ve never seen them around before. So when a lady stopped and asked “Can I ask you how you prepare those?” and I answered “I have no idea!”, she looked a little taken aback. I don’t know if she was shocked because I was buying something I had no clue how to eat or if she was simply wishing I could tell her how to prepare the damned things.

But I really had no idea.

I’ve heard of dragon fruit but I’ve never had them, so I couldn’t exactly be the voice of authority on preparing them, could I?

Behold, the Dragon Fruit:

how to prepare and eat dragon fruitAfter a little bit of research, I learned that my instincts on selecting a fruit with a little bit of give to it was correct. You don’t want the fruit to be overly-soft or squishy, but it should have some give similar to a ripe kiwi or avocado.

Here’s what it looks like when you cut into it:

how to prepare and eat dragon fruit

Isn’t it gorgeous?

I’ve read that there’s also a variety where the fruit inside is red, which I’m sure is just as stunning when sliced.

Is it also weird that I get this excited about fruit? Maybe. Hmmmm.

Anyway, since this was my first experience with it, I simply cut it into cubes for my husband and I to try. It has a very mild flavor that I’d describe as a mix between kiwi and melon. Very light, a hint of sweetness and the seeds give it tiny little bursts of crunch.

how to prepare and eat dragon fruitEven if you end up not being a huge fan of dragon fruit, it would really be a beautiful conversation starter at your next party or get together. And if someone you know is having a Game of Thrones party, well….need I say more?

7 thoughts on “how to slay a dragon (fruit)

  1. RoscoeRamblings says:

    Beautiful! Did you purchase it from Valli? Mr. RR is a big Game of Thrones fan and is currently reading A Clash of Kings. Maybe I’ll have to buy him one to eat as a late night reading snack! 🙂

    • Hilander in Roscoe, believe it or not! They had them in the new fruit/vegetable bin towards the very back of the produce section…the one right before you get to the back wall where the ‘shrooms and stuff are now. My husbands a huge Game of Thrones fan so that’s what made me think of the show!

    • Pithaya sounds much more beautiful than Dragon Fruit. I’ve seen photos of them with red flesh but haven’t tried them;though they are really beautiful!

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