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Dragon fruit rice

Saturday, May 11, 2013

So, our local discount supermarket today had, of all things, some dragon fruit. I knew what they looked like, but I had never purchased one before, so I thought it might be fun to try out.

They are a really pretty fruit, both outside and inside. I had some after dinner tonight, and, while it was definitely ripe, it is practically flavorless, and certainly not what I would call sweet. It was like a very mild jicama, almost. This really surprised me, since -- from higher-carb days -- I remember all sorts of dragon fruit-flavored juice drinks that certainly were not flavorless.

The really interesting thing, though, came while I was reading up on Wikipedia about it: it says that diabetics in Taiwan use it as rice! Well that is pretty cool! And timely, too: just this week, one of my low-carb forums was talking about some different things you could use for rice, such as cauliflower, but that has a very strong taste and I don't feel it's really the best substitute. I can really see how dragon fruit would be quite a delicious and texturally-appealing variation, indeed. Especially since one of its attributes IS that it is practically flavorless.

I would even leave the seeds in, to prepare it, since they have some beneficial fatty acids. The article didn't elaborate as to how the Taiwanese prepare it, but I am guessing all you'd have to do is "rice" it, and you could eat it raw as your rice dish. It is probably firm enough to stir-fry, too. I will have to experiment a bit soon. It is not high in carbs, either: about 1g per fruit, for the smallish ones! Wow, I think I am in love! :)
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    I don't... I usually just throw them in the food processor and call it ricing, though, because my kitchen is about 8' x 4' and I have NO room left for any more kitchen stuff, ugh! And bless my mother, she is bringing "these really cool coffee mugs" when she comes to visit in August. I am going to have to throw some stuff out (donate it) by then, or they will just sit on the counter for all eternity. I'm scared enough, as it is, to open my cabinets, lest I get clobbered!
    1778 days ago
    You aren't the first person to say this about this fruit. I haven't tasted it for that reason. Do you own a ricer? Cool piece of equipment.
    1778 days ago
  • FIREFLY036
    I decided to try it as well and thought it tasted like watered down kiwi! Very disapointed with how much it cost!
    1778 days ago
    I've had it, but I was a bit dissappointed. It is so beautiful & has such a lovely name that I was expecting something extraordinary. Maybe I could just keep one in the fruit bowl & stick to eating apples. I find apples very satisfying.
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