I always describe Dragon Fruit as, “The Cookies and Cream” fruit, though, it has the texture of a Kiwi, it looks just like ice cream when you split them open. They grow like flowers on Cacti plants in Mexico and are known as Pitaya or Pitahaya. They are also cultivated in Southeast Asia, the United States, Israel, Australia, Cyprus and the Canary Islands.
Where to find Dragon Fruit
I found Dragon Fruit at my local Oriental Market. I bought the last two they had and I paid $1.98 a pound. I think, between the two, they weighed about 1 1/2 pounds is all. So they really didn’t cost me that much. But people have told me that these can be ridiculously priced in standard grocery markets. I’ve heard upwards of even $8 dollars a piece; which is crazy but if you can find them at lower price, I highly recommend you try one. I like to squeeze lime juice over the top of mine. So if you find them, pic up a lime or two for a little extra seasoning because the Dragon fruit tastes like a mild Kiwi.
Other Recipes like Dragon Fruit
I’ve got a ton of Asian food recipes if you search the categories panel under Chinese or Japanese Food. I’ve also got a few fruits and vegetable videos listed here that you might be interested in, like my, How to cut a Pineapple, Japanese Cold Cucumber and my How to cook an Artichoke. Other than that, thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy this Dragon Fruit Video.
The Pina Colada Recipe I did the other day made me realize that it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to whip a quick “How to” slice and dice a Pineapple. Well that and the fact that even my own mother doesn’t know how to do it either. Also I was noticing the price difference between a whole fresh Pineapple vs. already sliced Pineapple. The fresh whole Pineapple I could purchase for $2.98 ea., but the pre-cut Pineapple was twice that price for about 2/3 of a entire Pineapple. So what would you do? That’s what I thought… let’s learn how easy it is to rip one of these fruits to shreds, shall we?
First, how do we pickem’?
Pineapple have 4 easy signs to look for:
Look for a bright green fern growing out of the top of that fruit. If it’s dead or drying out, it probably isn’t the healthiest or the most nutrient.
A bright green and yellow fruit means it needs more ripening. So unless you’re purposefully buying your pineapple days in advance you are going to have a sour and bitter fruit. Look for less green and feel that the outside is susceptible to pressure when you squeeze it.
Smell the Pineapple. If it smells sweet and fresh before you cut into it, the way a pineapple should, then it’s probably ripe.
Something most people won’t tell you or condone, but if you look at the very center of the bottom of the pineapple and see a tiny amount of white peach fuzz like mold, it is ripe and ready to cut now!
Tip: If you flip the Pineapple upside down 12 to 24 hours in advance and let gravity work in your favor, you will have a sweeter Pineapple all the way through the fruit. Trust me.