We are always down for some good, fresh produce for our clients and we take whatever we can get. There is a shortage of fresh produce donations and sometimes, we get items that not everyone knows what to do with.
Specifically, we recall the last time we got dragon fruit and some of our clients had no idea what it was, let alone how to eat it! This isn’t just our clients, either! Dragon fruit isn’t a big thing in Canada.
WHAT IS DRAGON FRUIT?
- It’s actually a type of cactus and comes in various colours
- It is sweet and crunchy with a similar taste to kiwis and pears
Storing – Keep dry and cool. The dragon fruit is ripe when it gives in a little bit when squeezing. Having a few blotches is normal but too many can means it is over ripe.
Cleaning – Cut the dragon fruit in half lengthwise. When ripe it is easy to cut through. The inside will either be red or white with tiny black seeds similar to kiwi. Scoop out the meat and discard the skin. Remove any more skin off as it is inedible.
Preparing – Eat as is or mix with other fruit.
Nutritional value – Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and strengthening our immune system.
Dragon Fruit Sorbet
- 2 dragon fruits
- 3/4 c. cold water
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp sugar
Cut the dragon fruit in half. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Reserve the halves for serving,if desired. Freeze the halves until you are ready to fill them.
Place the pulp of the dragon fruit in your food processor along with the water,lemon juice and sugar. Pulse until smooth. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn until frozen. Spoon the sorbet into the frozen halves,or freeze the sorbet until ready to serve.
Makes about 2 cups of sorbet.
Dragon Fruit Shake
- 1 dragon fruit,peeled
- 2 tangerines,peeled and segmented
- 1 lime,juiced
- 4 leaves fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup sparkling mineral water,chilled
- 1 cup crushed ice
Cut two 1/4 inch thick slices from the peeled dragon fruit to use as a garnish;set aside. Place the remaining dragon fruit into a blender along with the tangerine segments,lime juice,basil,brown sugar,and sparkling water. Puree until smooth. Stir in the crushed ice,and pour into glasses. Garnish with the reserved dragon fruit slices to serve.
Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup frozen mango
- ½ Tablespoon almond butter
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Toppings: banana slices, toasted almonds, granola
Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth, adding more almond milk if necessary. Pour into a bowl. Sprinkle on toppings and enjoy.