Something I love doing is trying new fruits and veggies whenever I get the chance! It gives me a sense of accomplishment that it’s something else I can ‘cross of my list’ of things to try. Plus, all fruits and veggies contain an array of different nutrients. so whatever you choose to try next it’s guaranteed to be healthy!
One of my most recent trips to the grocery store included a dragon fruit purchase. It was $5.99, so a bit pricey, but I really wanted to give it a try. The variety in my grocery store was a white flesh dragon fruit, but from what I understand they also have red flesh and yellow skin varieties. I had to google how to eat it, but much to my surprise it was very easy. Slice it in half, and peel back the thick skin as you only eat the juicy flesh.
My google search also revealed to me that dragon fruit is high is lycopene, which is an antioxidant I was actually familiar with lycopene from a presentation I had to do in school. Lycopene is what gives watermelon and tomatoes their bright red hue. There is a lot of research connecting increased lycopene consumption to decreased incidence of prostate cancer. (Even if that isn’t of concern to you, lycopene is known to have many other health benefits in the body.) Another interesting fact I learned about this fruit is that is grows on a cactus.
Although I had much hope about this beautiful fruit, the taste was a little bland in my opinion. The texture was much like a kiwi, it was soft and juicy with tiny seeds dispersed throughout the flesh. The flavor was more in line with a honey dew melon, which has very little flavor in my opinion. If you are looking for a mild fruit, however, this may be one you want to try next!
Have you already tried dragon fruit? If so, what is your opinion and how do you like to eat it?