How To Prepare A Dragon Fruit in 30 Seconds

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Hey guys! As you can see I changed my blog design today! It surprisingly wasn’t too hard for me to do it. I still have lots left to do, but you get the general idea! :) I am quite happy with it so far. I was going for a ‘glowing’ theme and didn’t think the only blah blue fit the bill!

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I’m pretty sure if I died today, I would die with a big grin on my face.

For I have discovered true bliss in a fruit.

In spirit of trying out new fruit (see fig here and lychee here), I picked up this Dragon Fruit yesterday at the grocery store. At over $3 a pop, I said, it better damn well taste good.

I couldn’t wait to have this fruit for breakfast this morning. My green monster supply has now been drained, so I am left with exotic fruit experimentation (EFE) to keep my mind off of them until my shiny new appliances return.

Behold, the Dragon Fruit

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Preparation of a Dragon Fruit was surprisingly two things: 1) Super quick, and 2) Super fun.

Step 1:

Assess Ripeness

Poke the dragon fruit to assess ripeness. It should feel slightly spongy, almost like a kiwi. If it is very firm, leave it for a day or two and check again. The skin should be a bright pink colour (how fun is that!). I also read that it is best eaten chilled to bring out the flavour.

One way to check if it is fresh, while picking them out in the grocery store, is to feel the stem. It should bend without breaking when you touch it. If it is brittle, move on. This particular little guy was doing the Dragon Fruit Dance (DFD; see below).

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Step 2:

Slice in half

Use a big knife and let out an evil cackle or two.

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Step 3:

Let out a squeal in delight.

Do the Dragon Fruit Dance (DFD)- video coming soon (jk!!!).

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Step 4:

Extract from skin

Spoon out the fruit with a large spoon. The fruit surprisingly came out VERY easy. I was so shocked!

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It was like the fruit was just bounding out of its’ skin.

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The only thing I can conclude from this is dragon brain:

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Step 5:

Chop. Chop. Chop.

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Now the BEST part.

Step 6:

Serve

Use the skin as a BOWL.

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I know, right!?

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Step 7:

Gobble, gobble.

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My taste review:

  • It had a very light sweetness to it
  • It was very hydrating
  • Delightful appearance and texture
  • I LOVED it! Loved, loved, loved it.

The nutritional information is presented below. Because it has a light sweetness to it, this fruit is very low in calories. For the entire fruit, we’re looking at no more than 60 cals or so.

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I saved half of the fruit and I am going to enjoy it in my next green monster (I hope, if it arrives soon!). I hear this fruit blends very well and is great in juices.

It is so much fun breaking out of the traditional fruit rut! Apples ain’t got nothing on this guy. Now, I just have to keep my eyes peeled for sales so I don’t break the bank! lol.

Enjoy your Friday my friends!

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Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

—Ambrose Redmoon

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Kath August 21, 2009

You’ve been talking to Zesty?!

Great post!!

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EatingRD August 21, 2009

oooh! I like the new bloggie design! You are so talented, I need bloggie help! I’m a web-design retard haha Do you use a template, or code it yourself? I like the share links at the bottom too.
mmm . . . I’ve never tried dragon fruit, looks interesting and very good :)
-kristen

I used a theme for a base and then changed it for the old version (blue) and then I changed all the colours for this new one (and obviously the header too) ~A

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 21, 2009

Nope I did it all on my own amazingly! haha

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jessinnyc August 21, 2009

I need to buy that fruit, just to scare my husband.

I’m impressed with your blog design skills.

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Jessica August 21, 2009

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

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Gina August 21, 2009

My husband and I had dragon fruit when we were in Hawaii. It tasted really good, but I have yet to buy it here because of the price.
I love the new look of the site!

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whirrly August 21, 2009

ok, did the dragon fruit eat a dalmatian?
what a fun post. dragon fruit looks yummy!

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katherine August 21, 2009

The dragonfruit is almost as beautiful as your new blog design!! :)

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope August 21, 2009

Whoa, nice new layout!! very island-themed!

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zestycook August 21, 2009

I love it Ange!

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brandi August 21, 2009

wow, that is so cool looking! so many colors

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Nina August 21, 2009

you are crazy with your EFE, braver than i am :)

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Bonnie August 21, 2009

I LOVE DRAGON FRUIT!!! I’ve never cut it and made it looks so pretty.

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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 21, 2009

what a fun post! The fruit almost looks like it has polka dots on it!

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Lindsey (Mrs. LC) August 21, 2009

Oooh dragonfruit is so pretty!!! Wouldn’t that be the perfect plated appetizer or light dessert for a black and white wedding? Even more perfect if there are pink accents, then you can use the fruit’s shell (shell? skin? lol whatev!)

Isn’t working on blog design fun?? I’ve been working on a new one for a little while – holding back on releasing it yet, because I need to improve my header making skills lol!

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michaela August 21, 2009

hey Ange! wanted to comment for a while now amd i’m soooo sorry that my comment would be a tid bit negative. i just thought some feedback might be needed. i don’t like new design. i’m sooo sorry to say that cause you (obvi) want to make you blog better, but this design is weird for example that sun where used to be a very pretty photo of yours is shining soooooooo bright, almost unnatural. i feel like i’m melting here. i liked the blue/green one much more and it was so YOU! plz change it back! or change to a new one but with the same blue/green design. love the dragon fruit! sorry for my comment! i just love your blog soooo much that i thought i might give my opinion!

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Allie August 21, 2009

love the new design! the dragonfruit kind of creeps me out. i am not sure why.

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Angi August 21, 2009

Dragon fruit is awesome! I am glad you liked it! I wish it wa cheaper, because it would be a daily fruit.

I have to agree with an above poster….the gold is not as zen and clean as your former layout. I also don’t think your pictures stand out as well.

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Carrie August 21, 2009

OMG! Crazy!!!!! It looks like dice when you cut it into squares!!!!!!!

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Rachel August 21, 2009

So so so cool! What a fun fruit! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the inside of a dragonfruit before and I’m so happy you posted this.

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Beth @ CrossBorderCravings August 21, 2009

Yum that fruit looks so…artsy! And yummy. Thanks for the instrux – I never know what to do with exotic fruits like that and tend to avoid buying them as a result!

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Mellissa August 21, 2009

I love dragon fruit, so good!!

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Pam at Highway to Health August 21, 2009

I’m impressed! Exoctic fruit is so intimidating to me sometimes!

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Pam at Highway to Health August 21, 2009

or exotic even!

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Andrea@WellnessNotes August 21, 2009

The new design is awesome! Great job!

And you have totally inspired me to look for, buy, and eat a dragon fruit! Thanks! :)

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Run Niki Run August 21, 2009

I seriously thought you had a bowl of dice in the first picture, hehe! I will definitely have to check out this dragonfruit now that you’ve raved about it.

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Erika August 21, 2009

Love the new blog! And the dragon fruit looks so interesting. Are they widely available?

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Marina August 21, 2009

Wow! this fruit looks amazing! but I would be scared to eat it :D

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Alex August 21, 2009

Ohh, blog looks so warm and tropical now…love it!

Dragon fruit is a work of art isn’t it? It’s one of those things that makes me stop and say, “Wow, the natural world is so full of art and beauty!”

I challenge you to try a granadilla! http://www.exoticlandfruits.com/granadilla.htm

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Jess August 21, 2009

Am I the only one that can’t see the new design? It’s still blue for me :(

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Stephanie August 21, 2009

I think you should keep the new design. Why not switch it up now and then? I imagine that is the fun of having a blog!

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Menden @ Skinny Menny August 21, 2009

How beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like that dragon fruit! I definitely need that in my life :)

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Eve August 21, 2009

That looks fantastic! I will definitely try dragon fruit the next time I see it :) Thanks for the review.

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Ali August 21, 2009

I have never tried dragon fruit! I think I am going to have to now that I know how to eat it! Looks good!

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Kristen @ Simply Savor August 21, 2009

loove the new design, it looks great angela!

and that dragon fruit is crazy looking, i’m going to have to try it out now!

have a great day, and thanks for the awesome quote :)

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Paige @ Running Around Normal August 21, 2009

Love the tutorial and the new layout. LOL at Dragon Fruit Dance. hehe

Looks super easy to prepare – I just might pick up one for myself tomorrow at the store :)

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Andrea (Fit Healthy Fun) August 21, 2009

The blog looks great, Angela. That fruit looks divine!

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Maureen August 21, 2009

The new design looks great I especially like how everyother comment is in colour makes it a lot easier to read.

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mrs cad August 21, 2009

Next time try it with a squeeze of lime! It tastes fab :)

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Ryane August 21, 2009

I gotta try one of those bad boys out!

And I looooooove your new theme – VERY glowy! Makes me crave a dragonfruit cocktail on the beach!

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