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Dragon Fruit - I don't get it...

Is dragon fruit anything more than a pretty face? It is beautiful on the outside, and even more beautiful cut open with the contrast of the red skin against the white speckled interior...but it has very little flavor.
What am I missing?

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  1. i haven't had fresh dragonfruit since i was a kid, and it was only once - i don't really remember what it was like. but i tried the dried stuff from TJ's last year, and the flavor was much too mild for my tastes.

    1. It doesn't have much flavor (a mild sweet-sour tang) but I like the unique texture, it's refreshing, and it is very attractive served with other fruit. Lychees and mangosteen among others got it beat for tropical fruit flvor.

      1. best eaten chilled..nice addition to any fruit platter ( i serve it with kiwi and strawberries on the side)

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        1. re: sweethaven

          Agree, definitely needs to be cold.

          1. re: sweethaven

            bettertart and sweethaven --
            I think you are right! This fruit might not stand well alone, but it might be a great team member. Perhaps, mixed with other fruits, it will take on some of their sweetness and flavor and contribute well to a fruit salad.

            1. re: liu

              try it drizzled with honey. yum!

              1. re: sweethaven

                Sounds good...it does need some help!

          2. When I tried my first one, I thought the same thing. Then I got some free local ones that were perfectly ripe...and I was sold! They were spectacular. Delicate, but delicious.

            1. I've had them twice that I can remember. The first time, I remember thinking "Wow, this would have made me happier had we left it uncut as a table ornament" -- it struck me as watery and bland -- somehow reminded me of a low-quality Asian pear. The most recent time, though, it was much better -- definitely mild, yes, but the flavour was there. Was it worth the extra money? Nah, but it was good, and a neat change of pace.

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              1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                Mostly, I have seen them as extravagant purchases, sometimes $12 or $15 each. That's a pretty nice (in your perfect words) table ornament!

                But this recent purchase was a bargain at $1.99/lb. The one I purchased cost just over $2.00. So, my disappointment was not at all influenced by what I paid.

                But your point is well taken. I would pay $2.00 to just look at this gorgeous fruit...a very impressive gift of nature. Still, with that first bite, its promise was not delivered.

                1. re: liu

                  ive noticed the huge price drop here in calgary as well 12 bucks to under 2