Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dragon Fruit Pink Saturday

I am continually grateful that even in the midst of winter, just a week after a blizzard, it is still easy to find fruit and vegetables. I take for granted the food pictured above, but not that many decades ago frozen orange juice was a treat and not all that long before that scurvy was still an issue.

Yet, there are still some fruits and vegetables well out of the norm. I'm relatively adventurous, so when I found dragon fruit at one of the local stores I had to try it.

The store's presentation was less than fabulous, but I've learned to look carefully in the little nooks. There are real treasures often hidden away. 
I did a little research when I got my dragon fruit home. I needed to learn how to eat it and what its benefits were. Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a member of the cactus family and is grown in Southeast Asia, Central and South America and Israel. I don't remember ever encountering it in any of my travels in those parts of the world. The benefits seem myriad. It's high in Vitamin C, low in calories and filled with antioxidants.
I followed the directions, cut the dragon fruit open and the next step was peeling off the bright red skin. The first few bites were only okay, but as I got accustomed to the taste I really enjoyed it. It's a little pricy for an everyday snack, or even an almost everyday snack, but I am hoping that I will find dragon fruit in Peru. I'm happy to share this pretty in pink fruit as part of Pink Saturday.
There's still six hours to leave a comment on this post for my blogaversary giveaway. I'll be announcing the winners in tomorrow's post.
I hope everyone is having a cozy Saturday. I've been straightening up my apartment, as well as making a trip to the library for some research and reading for Coffee Light, which I really liked. I'd forgotten how many terrific mysteries and mystery writers I've enjoyed over the years.

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!    


Paula Kaye said...

What an interesting fruit..both inside and out!

Nellie said...

I don't think I've ever seen dragon fruit! Isn't it amazing how readily we can find fresh fruits and vegetables at this time in our lives?

Cranberry Morning said...

I've never seen dragon fruit. I see where it gets its name. What a beautiful array of fruit!

Terra Hangen said...

Dragon fruit is a new one to me, and we have lots of unusual fruit and other produce here.

Simply Linda said...

I can't ever remember trying Dragon Fruit--interesting. Have a beautiful Sunday, friend.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I have seen Dragon Fruit but never tasted any. It looks amazing inside - are those tiny seeds? A very yummy and unique Pink Saturday posting!

Susie said...

Carol, What did the fruit taste like...anything we would eat? Are those black things seeds? MY daughter and I were looking at fruit yesterday. We came upon a thing that looked like a cactus sign. Then my daughter picks up star fruit and said, " Mom what is this?" I told her. I never bought anything like that raising my girls...but I have tried it.There's so much out there. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Anonymous said...

What a nice review for folks who have never seen the fruit. I have seen one at a Hmong market, but I'm not certain I've tried one. I may have spotted something else the same day. Your post makes me want to go back!