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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I just ran across this fruit by accident. I never even heard of such a thing before. I posted this video and another on my Raw Foodies Team. This beautiful fruit is high in fiber and high in vitamin C. It is great for Type 2 Diabetes as far as lowering glucose levels. You can eat it dried or fresh. The seeds are edible. It is just very hard to find in the United States. One article I read is that Trader Joes carries them generally dried. They will order if for you if they do not carry it.

It is grown in Mexico, Central and South America, and in Asian countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. I will be in Mexico, Costa Rico, and Panama in a few weeks on a cruise with my Mom and we always visit the outdoor markets to experience the local culture. I will be on the lookout for this fruit. Not sure we can bring it back on the ship so I guess we will have to eat it ashore.

The fruit is a member of the cactus family which reminds me I have some cactus pears in the fridge that I need to eat before they spoil. Here is what dragon fruit looks like:

Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe

1 dragon fruit, chilled
1 cup chopped fresh fruit
1 cup torn lettuce leaves (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
1 tablespoon honey
1. Cut dragon fruit in half. Gently scoop out the white center fruit. Cut the white fruit in chunks. Reserve the red dragon fruit peel as a serving bowl.

2. Add fruit in medium bowl with other fresh fruit and/or lettuce leaves and mint.

3. Drizzle honey over fruit, gently toss together.

4. To serve, use the fruit peel as the bowl.

Dragon Fruit Sorbet

4 ripe magenta-fleshed dragon fruits
3/4 cup cold water (optional if fruit is not ripe)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons sugar (optional)

1.Peel dragon fruit. Place dragon fruit in a food processor or blender. Add water (if fruit isn't ripe and juicy), lemon juice and sugar, if using. Sometimes the fruit is sweet enough to not need additional sugar. Puree until smooth.

2.Pour puree into an ice cream maker and churn until frozen. Alternately, pour puree into a shallow pan and freeze. Allow about 10 minutes at room temperature for the sorbet to soften before serving.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DIGBOI 11/6/2010 3:05PM

    Wow! What a bright color! I have to try this out. Do not know where it would be available in Hampton Roads area in VA? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 11/6/2010 1:36PM

  Back again I bought it. Really good thanks I hope you feel well emoticon debby

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EGRAMMY 11/4/2010 7:34PM

    I think the kids will like the name and that'll help get them to try it once I find it.

Thanks for your deligence in educating us. emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 11/3/2010 8:18PM

    What an odd looking fruit, but cool too.

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TRACYZABELLE 11/3/2010 5:05AM

    I have heard of it but never tasted it

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DEFIANTVEGAN 11/2/2010 11:56PM

    I've seen and heard of it but I haven't tried it.


thanks for the post if I see it at a Farmer's Market out here I'll pick some up.

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DS9KIE 11/2/2010 11:53PM

    that is cool...I have never seen those... I will be on the look out for those

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    I've definitely never seen this. I would try it though. I'm a dragon freak! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/2/2010 9:32PM

    My girlfriend and I saw them at the farmer's market about 2 weeks ago. I don't remember the price, but it was enough that I was not going to try one.

Maybe if I find one reasonably priced I'll try it and let you know.

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DEVORA4 11/2/2010 9:28PM

  I saw it in the produce dept. yesterday. I actually picked it up and then put it down. I will go back and get a few. Is this Kismet or something? emoticon

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MRDPOLING 11/2/2010 9:25PM

    Hmmm very interesting!

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L*I*T*A* 11/2/2010 9:25PM

    great share............
noticed this in our Chinatown grocery stores
blessings and hugs...........lita

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    Where do you find all of this cool stuff to share with us? You like to experiment don't you? emoticon for always sharing your "finds" with us.

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CAITY86 11/2/2010 9:22PM

    i've never eaten one before but i do see it in my grocery store. i live in canada so im surprised its rare in the states.

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