If you are like me, your trip to the fruit section of your local supermarket is your main introduction to the more common exotic fruits such as finger bananas, mangos, papayas, avocados, kiwis or coconuts.
Right here at the Marco Farmer’s Market you will encounter a whole world of exotic fruits you may never have heard of at “My Exotic Fruit” tent. The star in the collection are the Dragon Fruits.
As part of your New Year’s resolution, take a chance with new tastes, textures and smells. Pretend you are traveling around the world to the origins of the dragon fruits.
5 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit, also known as Pitaya or strawberry pear, is a beautiful tropical fruit that is sweet and crunchy. It comes from a climbing cactus plant originally from Southeast Asia and Latin America, but now grown and enjoyed all over the world.
Dragon fruit was named due to its pointy “scales” around the oval-shaped fruit—resembling a scaly dragon. They come in 4 varieties: three have pink skin, one with white flesh, one with red flesh, and the third with purple flesh. Yellow or Golden skinned Dragons are rare with white flesh. All have small black seeds in the flesh—just like a kiwi fruit—and are edible.
At first glance, the fruit with its bright pink skin, green spikes, and unique name make it look intimidatingly exotic, but they are easy to eat by itself, added to salads, or blended into a cocktail. Simply cut down the middle and scoop the flesh with a spoon or cut into small cubes. For the most part, dragon fruits are eaten raw (Skin is NOT edible).
What does it taste like? Dragon fruits have a sweet creamy delicate “tropical” taste. Often it is described as a cross between a kiwi and a pear or kiwi and watermelon
Given its name—it is easy to find them in Asian grocery stores hanging out with the snow peas. Surprisingly, it is now cultivated in Mexico, Central and South America. In Asia, Vietnam is a major grower and exporter of dragon fruits.
Get to know your Dragons at My Exotic Fruits—there is always a long line of visitors; some not quite convinced to venture outside of their comfort zones sticking to the mangos and papayas. But for 2020, experience something new—experience the taste of the yellow (Golden Dragon) or the Red Dragon fruit.
No matter if it is golden or red, pick one that is firm but has a slight give when gently squeezed. Cut it open and you will find white, red or purple inside. Stash the fruit in the crisper drawer and it will keep for about a week.
Note: Remember to bring your reusable bags to the Farmer’s Market.