Dragon Fruit, Guavas, and Pixie Tangerines

 

Who wouldn’t be fascinated with a food called Dragon Fruit?

I would love to try one of them, but the price is breathtakingly high, so I will content myself with watching YouTube offerings.

As for guavas . . . having grown up in South Florida, I can tell you that those things were a blight!  Everyone had a tree, and they were prolific in production of their fruits.  They seemed to be all over the sidewalks to trip me up when roller skating, and got really nasty as the sun beat down on them day after day.  They make great jam, though!  I didn’t appreciate it when I was a kid, but have a better appreciation for it now.  It is one of the sweetest spreads that there is, so I don’t keep it around, as we seem not to eat it after the initial foray.

As for Pixie Tangerines . . . I have no idea what makes them so special.  They look rather withered, but maybe that is not entirely indicative of what they are like inside.

Still curious about Dragon Fruit, I YouTubed up a bunch of videos, and the participants seemed quite entranced, munching down slices as they spoke.  Guess the temptation was too great!

Here is a short article that tells about the fruit itself.

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/home-garden/article1977019.html

And here are a couple of videos about cutting and eating them.

 

This lady’s enthusiasm is truly infectious:

If you ever taste any of these exotic fruits, please let me know how it was!  ;->

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About judilyn

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14 Responses to Dragon Fruit, Guavas, and Pixie Tangerines

  1. I can’t say that I dislike dragon fruit but they are nothing special in my opinion. They are mildly sweet and have a melon-like consistency. They add visual interest to a fruit plate but taste-wise are not that exciting.

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  2. I agree about guavas. I make jam from them once in awhile but have little use for them fresh. The rock hard seeds are more than I can handle. When we lived in India apples were expensive and very dry and woody, so instead of applesauce we made guava sauce and mango sauce instead.

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  3. I agree with Greg – despite the lovely colors, the flavor of Dragon fruit is quite bland, at least the ones I’ve tried.
    Guavas are indeed so good for making jams/spreads. I need to get me a few!
    Not sure how Pixie Tangerines are different than regular ones?

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  4. taphian says:

    Gosh, these dragon fruits are really very expensive in the USA. Here they cost much less, maybe 2 Euros. I have tried them once, but wasn’t really overwhelmed by the taste. I remember guaves from Israel. I loved them. Unfortunately I have never seen one here. They need a warm climate. Did you ever try maracuja? It tastes really good but looks and feels a bit like frogspawn. Have a nice Easter, virtual hugs Mitza

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    • judilyn says:

      From what I have now found out, I don’t feel like I am missing anything by not having the opportunity to taste a dragon fruit. I will be content with admiring its outward beauty and interest. I have not heard of maracuja, but will look it up to expand my repertoire! Oh, I see – it is Passion Fruit. Yes, that I *have* seen. When I was a kid, my mother grew vines of it all over a trellis that covered our patio. We couldn’t afford a regular enclosure, so my dad (a carpenter) built a framework and my mother grew passion flowers and flame vines all over it. The passion flowers were delicate and beautiful; the flame vine had – surprise – bright flame-colored flowers on it. I can still see it in my mind’s eye, although in the ensuing 60 years, I am sure those vines are not longer there! My mother turned a tiny house and lot into a paradise of fish ponds and plants. She had a magic touch with things that grew.

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      • taphian says:

        your mother must have been a wonderful woman. There is a nice Chinese proverb: It takes 100 men to build a city but only one woman to make a home.
        You surely could grow kiwis where you live. do you like them?

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        • judilyn says:

          They are available here, but I can’t say that I really like them, so I don’t bother to buy them.

          I can’t grow anything in my yard because of all the animal traffic. The javelinas/peccaries and deer just hop right over our fence and come in the yard to get the acorns that fall from the oak trees. The rabbits and squirrels are less of a nuisance, but they are munchers, too. So I rely on my local grocery stores to provide abundant foods for us. Also the ground is mostly caliche, a kind of clay that the ancients built their homes from, so not very conducive to plants. I would need to have tons of dirt brought in to make a growing atmosphere. A few folks have done this on a small scale here, but they have raised beds full of black soil, and then huge fences around the yard.

          I find it is much easier, and cost effective, to just purchase everything we need at the store! ;->

          When I lived in Florida, yes, I did grow tomatoes, peppers, mint, and roses.

          I like to grow things, but it would be an exercise in futility here.

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  5. Jan Miller says:

    Judie, Go to Sprouts and ask them for a taste, they will do that.

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  6. Liz says:

    You make me want to buy and eat dragon fruit now. Thanks for sharing the video!
    Virtual Hugs

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