The beauty of Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)

A “new” food entered our fresh, delivered meals today – and it’s a real beauty! I had called our produce vendor to ask for something that we could use for garnishing…I was getting desperate because the season doesn’t allow for grapes or berries. Low and behold, the owner said he’d send me something really special that another client had ordered and then cancelled. I was anxious to see what arrived – and WHAT A TREAT!

Do you know Dragon fruit? Maybe you’ve seen it in markets – it’s pretty exotic looking, and once you cut it open, you’ll know why I was so thrilled. It’s absolutely gorgeous inside. Bright magenta with tiny black seeds, ringed by a thin green and pink skin – it’s a sight to see for sure. While the taste is not too sweet, more like a bland melon, the color can’t be beat. We paired slices of the dragon fruit with slices of kiwi for what must be called “eye candy”.

In case you want to find out more about this great fruit, you should know that it’s proper name is pitaya, and it’s part of the cactus family. The red flesh variety is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and dragonfruit is also rich in fiber. Look for it and let me know what you think!