Hmm..what ugly little beasts. How can anything good possibly come from a fruit named after a dragon? And how in the heck do you eat them?
I brushed them off and hastened toward my the rows of mangos and papayas calling my name.
Fast forward a few years later and my friend re-introduces me to Dragon Fruit b/c her mom grows a tree of them in her Southern CA backyard. I'm not sure if it's because I can't seem to muster up the courage to refuse any food that's offered to me or b/c I really wanted to give the bearded dragon another chance to win my heart, but either way, I tasted them and guess what? I actually like them. (Now, if only I could convince my hubby and parents to join me--but, they beg to differ and still hold fast to my initial thoughts of the fruit).
For those of you who are unaccustomed to DF and are going to live your culinary adventures vicariously through my blog, then here's what I THINK they taste like. Imagine biting into the flesh of a kiwi fruit but tasting a jicama. Peppered with what what resembles tiny black sesame seeds floating in a sea of whiteness and enveloped by the most beautiful magenta skin, the dragon fruit is not to be dismissed. The skin is inedible, so don't go chomping down on it, but all that white stuff is fair game for your chompers. It's crisp and refreshing and also reminds me of the consistency of a watermelon b/c as part of the cactus family, the fruit retains a lot of juiciness in order to survive hotter climates.
So, as I was enjoying my time with my newfound friend, my hubby got hungry and whipped up a spicy stir fry dish of morning glory and pork belly (or as my parents would call it: 3-layered pork--meat, fat & skin). Being the food-tographer that I am, how could I possibly resist a prime opportunity for a photo? I couldn't. So, here you go! And I loved how the place mat is the same lovely color as my dragon fruit. My good friend, Julia (whose birthday we just celebrated), got the mat as a gift for me from Vietnam. I'm so excited it's making its debut on my blog. Enjoy!!