Although I’ve seen pictures of this exotic fruit on blogs, I came across it only recently at one of the supermarkets here. That delicious shade of pink was irresistible! Pitaya or Dragon fruit grows in a kind of cacti of the genus Hylocereus and are native to Mexico,Central America, and South America. But they are also increasingly being cultivated in south-east Asia. The fruit that I bought came from Thailand.
The fruit has a fleshy pulp and small black seeds. I had read that the taste would be a cross between a kiwi and a pear. But it was blander than anything I had ever tasted! Later, I learned that there are three kinds grown and the one I got is the one most commonly grown. One variety has yellow skin and white flesh, and the other has red skin with red flesh. The last is said to be the tastiest. Maybe our markets will be stocked with that variety too, in the future. Other names of this fruit are Strawberry Pear and Pinkberry.
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