A visit to New York City's Chinatown neighborhood pretty much guarantees you'll stumble upon a good "WTF" candidate or two. I was wandering around Chinatown's colorful food markets the other week looking for dried shrimp (part of my quest to make the perfect Pad Thai - stay tuned for that update!) when these dragon fruits caught my eye.
The spiky, pink exterior gives the fruit a rather unapproachable angry-blowfish appearance, but it's all bark, no bite: The "spikes" are totally soft and flexible, and it's are actually a pretty easy fruit to prep: Just slice in half and peel away the outside with your hands, or use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. The flesh can be pink or white - you won't be able to tell just by looking at the outside of the fruit - and it has a sweet, tropical kiwi-like flavor. It's super healthy (vitamins, fiber, the whole shebang), so it's definitely a fruit worth getting familiar with.
Have you tried dragon fruit? How do you eat it?