The pitaya, or Dragon Fruit, is one of nature’s most unique plants, with a flower like an explosion of flame and a fruit like a pink rosebud. The dragon fruit is actually one of several cactus species and, just like its relatives, has a succulent stem that provides a uniquely delicious fruit.
Dragon fruit looks like a soft pineapple with spikes, and can have either pink, red or yellow skin and white or red flesh. The fruit also has overlaid or scale-like leaves, similar to an artichoke, and an abundance of small, black edible seeds. Its flavor is mildly sweet, like a blend of kiwifruit and pear, and has a crunchy texture.
While the fruit may seem a little strange at first, it’s easy to prepare. Begin by slicing the dragon fruit lengthwise. Afterward, you can remove the flesh, or slice the fruit further into quarters and peel the leathery skin. Make sure that you only eat the white part containing the seeds, and discard any remaining pink portions, as they tend to be bitter.
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