Retrying a new fruit – dragon fruit/pitahaya

A local farm that we receive weekly deliveries from, Shambhala #shambhalaorganico, just advertised dragon fruit in their weekly list of available products. We have tried dragon fruit that I purchased from the local HEB grocery store, but we didn’t like it. The flesh was white with tiny seeds like kiwi but not very flavorful. We decided that it was not something we would try again.

However, I know that locally-produced fresh fruit and vegetable products taste far better than products purchased from grocery stores, so I decided that we needed to try dragon fruit again. I bought four dragon fruit from the farm and we cut into one. It was the most amazing fuschia color I’ve ever seen, not the white color that we found from the grocery store.

Cut dragon fruit, no filter. Photo by Angela Grier.

I immediately called in my husband who tried it and found it to be amazing. It has the same texture as kiwi and the same tiny seeds, but a different flavor profile. It’s sweet and refreshing, but not overly sweet. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this first cut of dragon fruit. Dragon fruit mimosas!

I poured a half glass of sweet Moscato into a glass and then blended a quarter cup of fresh squeezed orange juice with the flesh of one large dragon fruit and poured it into the Moscato. The Moscato immediately bubbled up in a reaction that made it look like a fun science experiment.

Pouring blended dragon fruit into sweet Moscato. Video by Angela Grier.

The resulting dragon fruit mimosa was a perfect balance of sweet and tart, ideal for Sunday morning mimosas.

A beautiful dragon fruit mimosa. Photo by Angela Grier.

This has been my favorite Sunday morning mimosa, thus far, since we started this tradition at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. My take-away lessons from this experience is that we should not immediately write-off something the first time we try it and that locally-grown fruits and vegetables are once again superior to store-bought. With that in mind, support your local farmers, no matter the country in which you live. Happy mimosa day, wherever you are!

Published by Angela.Grier

I'm a wife of an engineer and a mom of two elementary-aged children, a boy and a girl. I was a fisheries biologist for several years, a stay-at-home mom for three years, then a middle school science teacher for three years. I currently live in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico with my family. I have a WIDE variety of interests, too many according to my husband. I quilt, crochet, knit, scrapbook. I sometimes play piano when I need peaceful moments. I love to cook, especially anything containing eggs (someday I need to raise chickens in order to feed my egg addiction). I read voraciously, books of all genres from Stephen King to Robert Jordan, Libba Bray to Edward Robertson, Grace Burrowes to Kim Harrison. I like to run, especially in races (I'm only a little competitive). I love to fish, camp, and hike wherever there are wild spaces. And if there were more hours in the day, I'd probably fill those extra hours learning a new skill or revisiting the ones I did not include in this list because it's been so long since I last did them.

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