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WTF: What's that food? Dragon fruit!

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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?

Comments (3)

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    I was introduced to Dragonfruit in 2007 while on a summer undergraduate research project in Vietnam. It quickly became my favorite fruit and I devoured tons, along with a lot of lychee, longanberry, rombutan, mangosteen and Vu Sua (literally translated as milk of the breast). I was bummed coming back to the US where I couldn't find it anywhere in Michigan. Since 2007, I have found poor quality dragonfruit in the store. I am happy to report though, that this weekend I found a delicious one at my big chain grocery store. It was a treat certainly savored.

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    I love dragonfruit, just to bad it's so expensive here, and i eat it just like that or part of a fruit salad

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    I saw this fruit in the local chain grocery store a couple of weeks ago and was intrigued. I love finding new fruits and veggies to try out. It was expensive--4.99--but, now that I have some context, perhaps I can try one!

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