Dragon fruit...aka...Pitaya Fruit
Dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. The plant is actually a type of cactus, and the fruit comes in 3 colors: 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh.
Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants.
Dragon fruit tastes wonderful! - sweet and crunchy, with a flavor that's like a cross between kiwi and pear.
To choose a ripe dragon fruit: look for bright, even-colored skin. It'll have a few "blotchies", if it has a lot of blotchies, or has dry brittle brown stems, it may be over-ripe. It should give a little (like a ripe kiwi), but shouldn't be too soft or mushy. If it's very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days.
Cut the fruit straight down the middle with a sharp knife so that you can separate the fruit into 2 sections.
Inside the flesh may be white or red either way it'll have tiny black edible seeds, just like kiwi.
There are various ways to prepare dragon fruit for eating, this is just the easy peasy one. . . run a tablespoon around the circumference of the first section to separate the flesh from the skin,. Scoop the flesh out of the skin and place it on the cutting board.
The skin is NOT edible, so you can disreagard it or save it to use as a serving dish ;p
Turn the mound of flesh over, checking for any residual pink skin. Slice it away, & slice up into cubes, slices, or anything you can dream up.
Leftovers can be refrigerated, like any other fruit, in a covered container.
Eating Tips: Aside from eating fresh, dragon fruit makes excellent juice as well as frozen drinks (dragon fruit is mainly composed of water, so it's easy to blend or process). Dragon fruit also makes an excellent addition to fruit salads (and will have people guessing about what kind of fruit it might be! Ha Ha! :D
For an exotic fruit salad recipe, try mixing with banana, papaya, pineapple and berries....heck of a antioxidant hit waked full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals only a live whole food meal could provide you.