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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.

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