Tom and Aviva’s Fruit Review: Dragon Fruit
Welcome to the first installment of Tom and Aviva’s Fruit Review. We’ve tried eight new fruits while we’ve been in Singapore (so far) and as the fruit aficionados of the group we’ll be posting reviews of each new fruit over the next few days.
I’ve never had dragon fruit before coming to Singapore, but this stuff is great. It’s a fruit that grows on a cactus vine. Compared to other fruits, it can be somewhat bland, but it has a variety of health benefits. Though the fruit is native to Mexico, Central and South America, it is grown throughout Asia and a popular choice in Singapore (Vietnam is the main supplier in the region).
The dragon fruit I’ve had here has been peeled (you can’t eat the skin) and sliced.
Aviva described it as a “bland honeydew melon,” but I think it has a bit of sweet tart to it that makes it interesting. Think kiwi. The pink-fleshed fruit tastes about the same as the white-fleshed fruit.
Like the taste, dragon fruit has a texture similar to kiwis, but it has seeds dispersed throughout it that adds a dimension that makes the fruit superior to its popular cousin. The fruit is also more dense than most kiwis I’ve eaten, a la apples or pears. Combined with the texture provided by the seeds, it’s a good eating experience.
These things are great for you! Livestrong tells me that they help prevent cancer and help to improve memory and blood pressure levels.
The fruit is also called “pitaya.”
Of the new fruits, Aviva and I both agree that dragon fruit is at the bottom of the pack. Its texture is its best feature, but compared to the other new fruits we’ve tried it is too bland to break into the top tier.