Friday, April 20, 2007

Legend of the Dragon?

I just realized that I’ve been posting about fruits for the past two Weekend Herb Blogging. Well, these lovely fruits seems to be taking turns to appear on the supermarket shelves. It’s really difficult to walk past them without transferring one or two packs into my shopping trolley.

This week’s WHB is no exception (sorry, I guess the above is just an excuse for my lack of ideas). Hosted by our lovely Sher this week, to entice her (hopefully), I thought a glorious-coloured fruit might do the trick.

Here I present the dragonfruit – also known as pitaya and 火龙果.

These are fruits of the cactus species, and the ‘scaly’ skin encloses a soft flesh studded with many black seeds, similar to those in a kiwi fruit. There are three varieties - pinkish skin with white flesh, pinkish skin with red-purplish flesh, and the last is yellow skin with white flesh. Dragonfruits are native to Mexico as well as Central and South America, but are also cultivated in asian countries now, with Vietnam being a major exporter of the fruit(Anh, correct me if I’m wrong :p).

I didn’t like dragonfruits at all previously, because I find the taste too bland for my liking. That was until I tried the red-fleshed variety. It was sweeter than the white-fleshed fruits, and I began to appreciate the subtle sweetness of this fruit, and the crunchy black seeds too.

The best and easiest way to enjoy this fruit is to cut it into half(chilled it well first), scoop out the flesh and enjoy it by the spoonful. But that’s so ‘not-interesting’ for this post right? So digging into my fridge ……………..I found kiwi fruit…..wait wait…..and pineapple. Okay, cube these fruits and pile them into the ‘shell’ left behind from the scooping. So here is my colourful Dragon Boat.

Please don’t forget to visit Sher for the re-cap of all the entries, and of course hop over to Kalyn’s Kitchen for more details on WHB.

11 comments:

Sher said...

I said "wow" as soon as I saw these pictures. The colors are so bright, it's a feast for the eyes. The only bad part is that I've never seen these magnificent looking fruits anywhere! I feel very deprived! :):) Thank you for sharing those with us. This is now on my list of fruits I have to try!

Gattina said...

my mom eats dragonfruit practically everyday! That time I tasted it, kinda disliked it (same reason as yours). But I trust I will change my mind very soon once I get find this red variety! And I love your idea of using its own skin as container, really very theme-orientated and pretty!
(psst... no worry about no time in making bread, you're si-fu, still a si-fu, once you make one I know it must be a wow-one!)

Anh said...

Angie, I want to book a ticket to go back to Vietnam straightaway after seeing your post! Dragonfruit is fabulous. You can try it in a taro perl sweet soup or blend into a smoothie (especially nice when combined with custard apples). :D

I think dragonfruits are cultivated mostly in Southern Vietnam and it is very popular there. Not sure if Vietnam is the major exporter. But it is so abundant, I am not surprised.

^cherie said...

I like your idea of tranferring the 'shell' to a boat! So creative :)

wenwenzz said...

When I was 17-year-old, I was a dragonfruit promoter! That's the first time I know about this fruit. There's some way to differentiate the cactus plant between red & white flesh. My boss gave me 2 and I plant them outside of my place. They just kept growing, just like a cactus, but no fruits at all.

Angie said...

Sher, it's my pleasure to participate in WHB, hope you'll be able to try this fruit one day :)

Gattina pal, thank you! Yes, this red-fleshed type have changed my mind abt these fruits. Thanks for your kind words, me no si-fu, just bread 'fanatic', kekeke...

Anh, thanks for your great suggestions on how to eat dragonfruits. Now I must go hunt down custard apples :p

Sherie, thanks! This makes life more interesting *wink*

Wenwenzz, I hope your cactus will flower and fruit some day!

Precious Moments said...

These babies are one of my all time favourites! yum yum.

Helene said...

Wow, now I know how to use this fruit I came by the other day in the supermarket. Thanks for the wonderful pictures!! :)

Kalyn said...

The photos are just wonderful. I've herad of this fruit, but never actually seen it. Would love to have a taste!

Anne said...

I've seen this fruit quite often but I never bothred to try because honestly I don't know how to eat it or what's actually inside of it :) At least through your post now I KNOW :)

Orchidea said...

It is gorgeous! So colorful... and it must be very good, I have eaten dragon when I was in S'pore and I really liked it.
Ciao.