(Health Secrets) Ever heard of Dragon Fruit? A recent trip to an International Farmer’s Market in DeKalb County, GA yielded a great find. Sitting next to the cherries, kiwis and other seasonal fruits was a shocking pink bulbous newcomer with a surprise: the interior fruit was white and speckled with black kiwi-like seeds!
It is easy to select a ripe dragon fruit. It should yield to pressure like a ripe kiwi or avocado. To prepare dragon fruit, cut it in half like an avocado without a pit and scoop the white flesh from the pink skin (all pink should be removed as it is inedible). The flavor of dragon fruit is not as tart as kiwi and the fruit has a slightly crisper texture, perfect for a fruit salad.
One dragon fruit is good sized, and you can expect to pay $2.5-$3.00 for it. Dragon fruit is grown in South America, Southeast Asia and Israel and is a member of the cactus family. It is a great source of vitamin C, phosphorus and calcium.
Dragon Fruit Salad
1 dragon fruit, cubed
1/2 pint each raspberries and blueberries
1 lb package strawberries, quartered
4 mangos, cubed
4 large bananas, sliced
1 can coconut milk
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/8 tsp sea salt
Cut fruit and mix in a bowl, sprinkling on delicate raspberries and blueberries last to prevent crushing.
Mix coconut milk, agave and salt well with a whisk. Pour over fruit and serve!