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My mum bought this item home from Tesco today. She was attracted by the beautiful appearance of the fruit.
The fruit itself is a bright pink colour with green scales. It definitely stands out from the other edibles on the shelf. It is an oval sort of shape and about 4/5 inches tall. There are 3 types of Dragon Fruit and they all have very technical names. The Hylocereus undatus, which is what my mum bought, has pink skin and white flesh, the Hylocereus polyrhizus, which has pink skin and red flesh and the Selenicereus megalanthus, which has yellow skin and white flesh. I must stress that I haven't sampled the latter two varieties and therefore this review is solely on the Hylocereus undatus. The inside of the fruit has white flesh as stated above, this flesh is very soft (a bit like a kiwi fruit in appearance) and it littered with edible seeds.
*~*~*The History Of the Dragon Fruit*~*~*
The fruit comes from a type of cactus and may be referred to at the Strawberry Pear, Pitaberry. It is grown in South America, Mexico, Central America and Southeast Asia. This particular version of the fruit comes from the Hylocereus Undatus, an aerial cactus that can climb up and over anything and grows up to 20 feet in length. The plant produces fragrant flowers, which bloom only at night and for one night only. The cactus grows in a warm climate and too much water will greatly reduce the chances of good fruit productions, instead it may cause the fruits of the plant to rot away.
*~*~*How To Eat A Dragon Fruit*~*~*
Firstly you need to peel the pretty skin from the fruit. The skin is not edible. We were not sure how you are meant to eat the fruit so decided to cut the top off and scoop the contents from the lid to test it (to make sure we liked it.) After we did that we sliced the already peeled fruit into approximately 8 slices of about .5 of a centimeter think. You can eat the entire fruit either by scooping out the contents or by slicing it up. The fruit could also should you choose be cut into chunks as the seeds are not central to it and therefore there is no core to prevent it from being diced.
Dragon Fruit is best served chilled.
I find that with fruit texture is important. The skin on this fruit is of a rubbery/waxy feel and was very easy to peel off as it came off in a single effort. The flesh is soft and it can be eaten with a spoon should you wish to do so. I found the texture of the flesh off putting if I am honest. It melted in the mouth (and is described else where as having a sorbet effect). I wasn't that keen on this feeling as I like to be able to taste my food and I find that a lot of the time chewing brings out the flavours, as it does in other fruits like strawberries, apples, bananas etc.
A good thing about this fruit is that whilst it is very juicy on the taste buds, it seems to contain the water until you eat it. By that I mean that there was no excess juice on the plate when it was cut into slices. It didn't drip from the sides like a lot of fruits, but it also wasn't dry.
The taste of the Dragon Fruit is VERY bland. On my first mouthful I found it to be very tasteless and very watery (then what do you expect of a fruit which comes from a plant that harbours water?).
However, on my second slice I found that it tasted sweet and sharp in different places. I identified the sharpness to be the flesh that was nearer the edges and therefore closer to the skin. The sweetness was tasted in the juice, like sweet water. Though despite the odd "kick" it was still quite tasteless.
*~*~*Uses of the Dragon Fruit*~*~*
This fruit would be ideal to pad out a fruit salad, as it doesn't have a flavour, which would detract from other fruits. It would also be suitable for a buffet style dinner where the guests can snack on easy to pick foods. Because the juice doesn't leak from the fruit when being cut/sliced it would be ideal to take to work or put in a lunchbox.
It is recommended as a supplement to ice-cream or sorbet, but it can also be fermented into wine or juiced into a smoothie/fruit juice.
*~*~*Is It Good For You?*~*~*
As with most fruits they are good for you. Because the fruit has a large water content it does not contain that many calories.
The typical nutritional value of a Dragon Fruit per 100g is as follows - thanks to www.alibaba.com
Ascorbic Acid 9.0mg
The fruit has antioxidants in it and in some countries is used as a substitute food for rice by some diabetics as it is full of water-soluble fibre and Vitamin C and it helps lower blood glucose levels.
*~*~*My Opinion Of The Dragon Fruit*~*~*
It was fairly tasteless and I do not think I would pay £1.99 for another just for my own personal benefit. However if I was playing host to guests then I wouldn't hesitate to invite them to try this exotic though rather bland fruit. It is beautiful on the eye and everybody loves to try something different once in a while.
*~*~*Where Can I Buy Dragon Fruit?*~*~*
We purchased ours in Tesco, however they are also available in ASDA, Aldi and most other supermarkets which stock exotic foods. Prices will vary but we paid £1.99 for ours.
Recommended just to make you try something different.
Also on Ciao under Carysb
The Dragon Fruit
When doing my shopping I like to try and buy new products for my daughter to taste. Whilst in Lidl about a year ago I stumbled across something very different looking, a bright pink round thing called a dragon fruit. Curious I purchased one and it cost me £1.49. It looks unlike any fruit I have ever seen before. It is bright pink with a sort of pineapple looking skin.
The inside of the fruit is completely different to the outside and has a white flesh totally speckled with black seeds. It is a bit of a freaky looking fruit and I expected it to tastes like a dandelion but it was actually ok. For me is tasted kind of sweet and creamy, like a cross between a kiwi and an avocado. I enjoyed eating it but not so much that I have bought another. I have not seen any since and can only assume they are quite difficult to find.
There are there three types of dragon fruit-
Hylocereus undatus- which is the one I had, pink skin and white flesh
Hylocereus polyrhizus- which has pink skin but with red flesh
Selenicereus megalanthus- yellow skin with white flesh
The fruit grows on a cactus and generally grows in countries such as Mexico, America, South East Asia and Vietnam
The dragon fruit is low in calories and fat and high in Vitamin C and antioxidants
This was a pleasant fruit but I was not over fussed. I think the appearance put me off. I would not go out of my way to buy again. Also quite pricey
When I was shopping in Tesco's on Thursday I spotted a rather unusual looking fruit which immediately caught my eye; The Dragon Fruit. I had never seen a Dragon Fruit in Tesco's before and being rather curious I decided to purchase one just to see what it tasted like. Now the Dragon Fruit isn't exactly a cheap fruit to buy, one Dragon Fruit will cost you £1.99 from Tescos although the price may be slightly cheaper or more expensive if you purchase it elsewhere.
As you can see from the picture at the top of this review the skin on the dragon fruit is quite scaly in apperance and is mostly pink in colour apart from the tips of the scales which are light green. I was actually quite surprised with the feel of the Dragon Fruit at first because it felt quite waxy almost greasy; I thought that it would possibly feel similar to a pear. When I cut the Dragon Fruit opened I was quite surprised because it had lots of little black seeds inside it which look like the same sort of seeds you find inside a kiwi fruit. The flesh was really soft and juicy and also similar to a kiwi although the flesh inside the dragon fruit is white and not green.
There are a few different ways you can serve the Dragon fruit. Having never tried one before I just cut it into wedges so as I could try it. Other ways of serving it are by cutting it in half and eating it with a spoon then discarding the skin. You can also cut it into chunks and mix it with other fruits and make a fruit salad. You can also make a smoothie with it or put it through a juicer to extract the juice. It is also nice to serve the Dragon fruit with ice cream or a fruit sorbet. It is also a good idea to keep the fruit chilled before serving it because this brings out the flavour of the fruit.
There are three different types of Dragon Fruit, which are ~
Red Pitaya Hylocereus undatus ~ Which is the most common Dragon fruit, pink skin with a white coloured flesh.
Costa Rica Pitaya Hylocereus costaricensis ~ which has a red flesh and red skin, it is sometimes referred to as polyrhizus.
Yellow Pitaya Hylocereus megalanthus ~ which has a yellow skin and a white flesh.
The taste of the Dragon fruit is rather unusual because it doesn't really have a taste, the taste is rather delicate. I think that the dragon fruit has a very slight sweet taste which is slightly similar to water melon and kiwi, the sweet taste is also accompanied with a very slight creamy taste too. It is rather unusual in texture too because it is rather watery and sort of dissolves in your mouth without needing to chew it much. When chewing the Dragin Fruit it has a texture similar to a pear; although it has a slight crunch as well because of the tiny black seeds.
A Dragon Fruit is very low in calories and contains lots of vitamins and minerals which are good for you. They are very rich in fibre, phosphorus, calcium and antioxidants.
The typical nutritional value per 100g of Dragon Fruit source Wikipedia
Water 80-90 g
Carbohydrates 9-14 g
Protein 0.2-0.5 g
Fat 0.1-0.6 g
Fibre 0.3-0.9 g
Ash 0.4-0.7 g
Calcium 6-10 mg
Iron 0.3-0.7 mg
Phosphorus 16 - 36 mg
Carotene (Vitamin A) traces
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) traces
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 0.2-0.45 mg
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 4-25 mg
I actually liked the taste of the dragon fruit because it is really juicy and has a fairly delicate flavour. I think it that it will taste a lot nicer if served in a fruit salad with some stronger tasting fruits such as mangos, apples, strawberries and passion fruit. If it hadn't been for the unusual appearance and bright colour of the fruit I would have noticed it and never tried it. I'm glad I did try it because it is actually a really nice delicate tasting fruit. If you like the sound of this fruit then you can purchase it from Tesco's for the price of £1.99, I'm sure you can also purchase it from Asda, Marks and Spencers, Sainsbury's etc and also some fruit stores who sell exotic fruits.
If you do decide to try the Dragon Fruit, then look out for ones which have a slightly shiny looking skin because they are fresher then the ones with dull skin. It is also best to store the fruit in the fridge and serve chilled as this enhances the flavour.
Thanks for reading
:o) Lisa x
~~~~Review written by me and also posted on Ciao~~~~