The Dragon of all Fruit
Author: Dinah Jackson
The name conjures up a magnificent fruit, almost requiring courage to eat, and it’s appearance is astounding and seems to confirm this. Rather than a dragon, the fruit looks more like a red and feathery bird of paradise or the most exotic of tropical flowers. Slicing it open in half reveals a translucent white gelatinous mass evenly distributed throughout with innumerable, tiny black seeds, which serves to reinforce the promise of wildly delicious fruit.
It may be served in a number of ways but upon savoring the flesh it immediately becomes clear that the so-called dragon fruit is all show and not a contender at all in the contest of world’s most delicious fruits.
There is a good explanation for this, for the dragon fruit is not a native to Southeast Asia and Taiwan, where it is extensively cultivated, but rather it comes from a cactus-like succulent native of Mexico and South America. Typical of fruits from succulents (there is interesting ecological reasons for this) the dragon fruit is watery, bland, and full of easily edible seeds. Unfortunately, though I have heard some describe the fruit as pleasantly fragrant and sweet like raspberries, (one wonders if their pockets were lined by the dragon fruit industry), I have mulled over numerous adjectives for the dragon fruit and the best one I can come up with, sorry to say, is tasteless.
Not that the fruit doesn’t have great value. Visually stunning, it makes an outstanding garnish in almost any dining arrangement. For that matter, it could add exotic beauty to a floral arrangement as well. It’s fruit is visually interesting and cubed may be used successfully when folded into fruit salads. Why it has been ignored in its native climes and cherished in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Taiwan is anybody’s guest. But for a fruit to receive the name dragon is quite an honor indeed in these cultures.
About the Author
This article was written by Dinah Jackson who is a nutritionist in Japan. For the largest source of rare Japanese Pokemon cards directly from Japan, check out this store. Pokemon plush toys, charms, deck boxes, sleeves, charms, figures, and thousands more very rare Japanese Pokemon items.