Dragon fruit is probably one of the most exotic looking fruit. It is so colourful in fuchsia and green with white flesh and black seeds. I had never tasted it until today. I thought it is sourish and wasn’t keen to try.
I am delighted to find out that it tastes nice. So nice that I finished the whole fruit, making salads and eating it fresh. To sum up the taste, dragon fruit tastes something like mangosteen and kiwi fused together. The white, slightly sourish flesh of mangosteen and the little black seeds of the kiwi fruit.
I made a simple salad with the fruit.
Recipe for salad
2 stalks celery, cut length wise
1 capsicum – length wise
half dragon fruit – cut into cubes
Cottage cheese* 1/3 of the tub
A dash of black pepper and salt
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
Dijon mustard (optional)
*Cottage cheese is made from 97% fat free skim milk. I bought the Bulla brand from Australia which costs RM7.90 per tub. The texture is like pieces of sour milk but it has a mild taste. It replaces the fattening mayonnaise. I may use the balance to make low fat lasagna later on. Otherwise, mix the cottage cheese with canned tuna or hard boiled egg and use as sandwich spread.
**When making salad, avoid adding too many different ingredients as the taste buds maybe confused with so many different flavours. Then you can’t fully enjoy the taste and texture of the ingredients. Ever seen how people pig out at Pizza Hut salad buffet? Those aren’t salad to me anymore but ‘leftovers’.
Jason(June 14, 2005 - 11:15 pm)
There’s another type, red colour meat one. 🙂
keropokman(June 14, 2005 - 11:55 pm)
I remember long time ago, before I started eating dragon fruit, eee. what an ugly thingy, how to eat? That was long long time ago, first time I saw it was at Jusco at 1 Utama in 1997. It was selling at RM5 a fruit then and it was on sale!!! kia si lang…
Now eat it, and the ones from Vietnam taste really sweet, and they cost like 5 for SGD1.70 now.
Next time you go to Yong Peng in JOhor, visit the farms, very very interesting photo to add to your blog.
S-Kay(June 15, 2005 - 2:05 pm)
OOOO…cottage cheese….I can just eat it like that!
lilian(June 15, 2005 - 4:43 pm)
Jason – Got meh? Never seen them. Take photo show me?
Keropokman – Yong Peng sounds like a distant land to me. But I can imagine the beauty of the fruits. Haven’t seen the tree before. What does it looks like?
S-Kay – I also use Feta cheese sometimes. But at times it is too salty. Cottage cheese is yummm.
athene(June 16, 2005 - 12:45 am)
lilian, you can see the dragonfruit plant in Penang Fruit Farm in Teluk Bahang/Batu Ferringhi. It’s some sort of a cactus-like plant, they use culvert to plant it – as in those used in making underground drain or ‘telaga’!!
boo_licious(June 16, 2005 - 3:38 am)
lilian, yes they have this blood red dragon fruit now. Personally I find it a bit offputting as the colour freaks me out but it is sweeter than the white one.
keropokman(June 17, 2005 - 5:38 pm)
Athene has answered above….
Dragon fruit is actually a fruit of a cactus tree! Quite interesting. This big boy (nearly reaching the big tiga puluh) also din know what was it until my mummy said, that’s dragon fruit lah…. (so pai seh…)
I have been making veg and fruit salad with only a few pinches of salt, sugar and some olive oil. Taste yummy. Healthy…
athene(June 19, 2005 - 11:08 am)
did you watch the 1pm news on TV3 yesterday? they had a thing about dragonfruit farming, but i only caught a bit of it coz’ i was busy entertaining ppl at a friend’s place.
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