The last thing I expected to see in a Helsinki supermarket was Dragon Fruit. But there they were in all their neon-pink, yellow, and green glory. I felt like Pavlov’s dog, already drooling, anticipating the delicious treat.
Dragon Fruit, or Pitaya, is grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. It’s actually the fruit of a cactus, and the flavor is described as a cross between a kiwi and a pear. If you’re a fruit lover and have never tasted one, you’re missing out.
The first time I had one I was at breakfast in Seim Reap, Cambodia on our way to Angkor Wat. When our server brought it to the table I was stunned by its unusual appearance and thought it might be a joke. You know, “Let’s see how gullible this tourist really is!” But when she cut it open I saw the prize inside. Wow! And it tasted great.
So if you manage to get your hands on a Dragon Fruit and are wondering how to eat it, just check out this link for the instructions.
And by the way, what are some other “exotic” fruits I could try?