Dragon fruit is low in calories, and contains numerous nutrients, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants. This plant is actually a type of cactus! They are also known as Pitahaya or Strawberry Pear. The flesh of this fruit comes with 2 types of colours, white and red. As you can see, the one I bought is red, I think that it is sweeter than the white variety. Get the really ripe ones for a sweet fruit. The way to eat it is by cutting it in half crosswise and just use a spoon to dig in, just like kiwifruit. Another method will be to peel off the skin and then slice the juicy flesh.
This fruit weighs 800gm! I only use half the fruit to make about 1.5 litre of ice-cream.
This is how the flesh of the fruit looks like, with tiny black seeds which are edible
Have you seen or eaten this fruit before? It makes very good ice-cream! This ice-cream is really creamy and it doesn't take very long to churn. Mine took only about 15-20 minutes for it to turn thick and creamy! The great thing is you don't need to take it out of the freezer to soften it before eating, just take it out and dig in! It is so easy to scoop!
Dragon Fruit Ice-Cream
(makes about 1.5 litres)
350gm dragon fruit, peeled and blended into a puree
100gm brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
juice of half a lemon
300ml whipping cream
Put first 4 ingredients in a saucepan, stir and bring to boil at low heat until slightly thick. You may adjust sugar or lemon juice to taste. Remove from heat and leave to cool in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Stir in whipping cream and use a hand whisk or a fork to evenly combine.
Churn it into your ice cream maker and freeze overnight. Enjoy!