It's time to explore a new exotic fruit (new to me); the 'Dragon Fruit'. It all started when I stumbled across some photographs on Instagram and Pinterest of this strange but stunning and beautiful fruit called Pitaya – aka ‘Dragon Fruit’ and so my fascination began. The dragon fruit is grown in abundance in Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and even in California. It's a fruit that grows on a type of cactus plant, neat huh? If you're like me and live nowhere near the places I've just mentioned, you should be able to locate this fruit at your nearest Asian grocery store. The skin of the dragon fruit is a vibrant, pretty fuschia pink and once cut open you’ll either find white or red flesh with black seeds which will resemble the inside of a kiwi. Naturally, I was intrigued enough to get a hold of this pretty fruit, taste it and take some photographs of my own! Verdict? I'll definitely be including this on the grocery shopping list for spring/summer 2014.
What does the dragon fruit taste like? Mildly sweet, neutral and in terms of texture it tastes like a cross between kiwi and watermelon. It’s a refreshing fruit that’ll be much appreciated on scorching hot days seeing as how it seems to have high water content.
And yes, I am most definitely cheating with this post because there is no cooking involved, but we all like preparing and eating food that requires next to no effort right? This parfait is a healthy, quick and easy breakfast to throw together on those rushed, chaotic mornings. I just couldn’t resist sharing – sharing is caring after all :)
P.S. The dragon fruit is considered a superfruit packed with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and fibre. And the seeds contain an essential fatty acid: oleic acid, which is known to help lower bad cholesterol.
- dragon fruit - 1/2 scooped and diced (minus skin)
- greek vanilla yogurt - 1/2 cup
- granola with almonds - 1/4 cup
- strawberries - 4 to 8 berries sliced thin
Cut the fruit open in half and scoop out the exposed flesh with a spoon (please do not attempt to eat the skin, it's not edible), dice the fruit and simply serve it out of the skin or use it in a parfait like I have.
Fill a glass or little bowl with a quarter cup of greek vanilla yogurt (I used lemon flavoured greek yogurt), then layer with two tablespoons of diced dragon fruit, 3 sliced strawberries, layer with another quarter cup of yogurt, then top it up with the rest of your fruits and granola. This is one tasty yogurt parfait.
Feel free to add more varieties of berries, fruits, nuts, etc as per your liking.
...and ofcourse my adorable and handsome in-house model Nemo came out and posed for a few seconds before wandering off.