Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Dragon fruit

This bright pink, almost cerise, egg shaped fruit that looks as though it is covered in giant reptile scales is usually found on the top most supermarket or green grocers shelves … almost out of reach. Babies wriggle their fingers stretching towards it. Old people look at it oddly and then shuffle off over to the apples. People my age are haunted at the temptation of trying something new, a fruit that looks as though it could have come from an unknown galaxy … and surely must taste nice. I have over the last few years, looked at dragon fruits with a yearning to try something so exotic – like Eve temptation was just a small stretch away. Although I have been tempted this fruit has always been guarded by a serpent … the price. Each fruit has been on sale for approximately £1.79 and compared with 20 pence for an apply and 12 pence for a banana and even 99 pence for a pineapple … it has been marked up at a price that makes the average person wince.

Whilst shopping the other day I saw that five dragon fruits had been reduced to 40 pence each … my chance, at last, to try a new taste. Would it be sweet and juicy or sour like a gooseberry?

I split the fruit in half and like Eve I shared it with Adam. In other words I gave half to my husband. Was it a berry or a droop? All fruits containing all of their seeds on the inside are classified as berries whereas when each seed lies in a separate contained segment they are known as a droop. The flesh was white with little tiny black pips (a berry!). I pushed in a small teaspoon and pulled out an almost perfect sphere of the flesh … my mouth by this time was watering in expectation … I was so disappointed, the fruit was completely tasteless and the small pips lightly crunched on the teeth. At least I have tried it and no longer will I wonder what it tastes like and now it doesn’t hold any temptation over me.

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14 comments:

Lidian said...

What a shame, it looks so pretty and exotic! I have seen this over here in Canada and wondered what it was like. Am not a big fan of kiwis but my 2 girls love them & they are supposed to be very good for you (phytochemicals etc)

tahtimbo said...

That's too bad. That is the weirdest looking fruit I have ever seen. As I was reading your article, I was expecting it to be a taste of ambrosia. If I ever see one, I might still be tempted to try one, but at over $2.00 American, I will probably bypass the chance.

Zen Ventures said...

yeah that fruit have a very neutral taste unlike pomegranate which is kinda tangy. But yes like u said, now u won't wonder anymore :)

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Nobe said...

i saw that fruit in the grocery once. it really looks weird. :)

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liza said...

you are right, i was expecting it to be sweet or a little sour when i've tried, i was disappointed too.

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I love the picture of the dragon with the dragon fruit. You are so funny. Sorry it was not too good-I have never tried it myself.

Laura-Whateverebay said...

:), well, now maybe I will try one. At least it was not sour. Its beatiful. I enjoy eating art, I tend to eat less of it... :)

Shinade said...

Oh my Polly what a let down . It looks like it would be delicious.

But, I hate messing with fruits that are full of seeds anyway. I am just too lazy.

It is a beautiful piece of fruit though and I have never actually seen it before.

Do you think maybe the the reason it was marked down had something to do with being out of season or getting old? Maybe that affected the flavor.

I know over here in the winter time Avocados are very cheap. But, it's a total waste of your money because they are tasteless too.

They're only really tasteful in the summer.

Finally I think my satellite issues are fixed. I was so defeated after 2 weeks I was just about to give up.

I hope you have a lovely weekend:-)

tingtong said...

you might picked the wrong one. It is not that bad. Compare to watermelon: the right one is tasty, otherwise it is, khm, say not much?

Arlene said...

hmmm i have tasetd this and it was ok. have eaten a lot of these in China. :) but havent seen some here in the Phils.

Mike said...

Dragon fruit are popular here in Thailand, I quite like them and of course they only cost a few pence as well.

I often think exotic fruit does not travel well since it is often picked before ripening.

It also adds a nice splash of colour with other tropical fruits in a salad.

Scotty's Princess said...

Hmm. I haven't seen any here in the Philippines yet. This post made me really curious, Polly. Good thing you already have a taste of it.

How are you? I hope all is well...

Love yah,
LAINY

tiago said...

It looks so lush and good I thought it tastes the same. But sadly it doesn't pala, oh well...

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