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A secret ingredient in award-winning recipes, dragon fruit, is finding its way into our kitchens all over the world. This sweet and refreshing fruit is the latest exotic fruit to make an appearance in local area markets. Usually available in late autumn and early spring, dragon fruit is a delightful addition to salads, sorbets, sauces, salsa, creamy desserts, dips and frozen fruit drinks.
Also known as Pitaya, the dragon fruit is native to Mexico as well as Central and South America, and was introduced to Southeast Asia by the French. And now the fast-growing plant thrives there. This exotic fruit presents dark green, fleshy stems that stretch over 20 feet. The dazzling dragon fruit cactus employs sturdy aerial roots to climb trees, rocks and walls.
An ornamental plant prized for its spectacular blossoms and edible fruit, the dragon fruit plant produces 12-inch, white and creamy yellow flowers that only bloom at night. When dehydrated, the flowers are used to brew an antioxidant rich tea. The flavorful fruit ripens approximately 30–50 days after flowering. Pitaya plants present up to six fruiting cycles per year.
The fruit is oval with yellowish to dark red skin and edible flesh that may be red, pink or white depending on the variety and is similar in texture to a kiwifruit.
The fruit boosts the body’s metabolism, builds strong bones and teeth and improves memory. It also lowers blood glucose levels naturally, as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The fruit is low in fat and high in fiber. And the list goes on.
Buying and Storing Tips
Fiery Dragon Fruit Salsa
1 cup ripe dragon fruit chopped in small pieces
1 scallions chopped fine
1 cup ripe mango chopped in small pieces
1 cup ripe pineapple chopped in small pieces
1 tablespoons of finely chopped Cilantro
1-2 Jalapeno Chile peppers finely diced
Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lime
Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Prepare and store in a covered glass container for one hour prior to serving allowing the flavors to blend. Fresh Fiery Dragon Fruit Salsa is a delectable accompaniment to seafood, pork and chicken.