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February 20, 2019

Is There Anything More Beautiful Than A Dragon Fruit?

by Anne Paddock

To me, a Pitaya – also known as a Dragon Fruit – looks like a fruit worthy of the fanciest fruit salad. With a fluorescent magenta and green outer skin covering a slightly sweet juicy interior that tastes like a melon, the Dragon Fruit is both beautiful to look at and scrumptious to eat.

In fact, it’s so beautiful to look at, that I often use a few as a center piece on the table until ripe (note:  as the fruit ripens, the pink color gets brighter and brighter). Then, I place the fruit in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours or overnight because the flavor is best when chilled.

To eat a Dragon Fruit, cut the fruit in half and serve in a bowl, using a spoon to eat the interior or cut the outer skin off leaving the white fruit speckled with tiny edible back seeds. Then slice the interior into bite-sized pieces and add to a bowl of fruits.

I love mixing Dragon Fruit with berries, plums, apricots, and Honey Crisp apple pieces.

Or, be dramatic and allow the Dragon Fruit to be the belle of the ball by mixing with dark colored fruits.

Nutritionally, Dragon Fruit is high in vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.

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