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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
Over recent years, the lesser known fruits have been receiving some well-needed and deserved attention. You might hasten to assume that Jamaica only supplies us with the more popular fruits but there are truly some gems hidden here. The black sapote is one such fruit we looked at before, have you tried it yet?
We now turn our attention to dragon fruit and no better person to guide our gastronomic experience than the Dragon Fruit Guru himself! Sheldon knows quite a lot about the fruit and lucky for us he was more than happy to share.
Sheldon got very interested in dragon fruit after reading about 10 Superfoods. He then realised this fruit is actually already in Jamaica!
With more research and a few connections, he was able to get himself one suckling. The fruit he explains comes from the bright yellow flowers that the tree produces.
Though the tree looks entirely harmless at first glance, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice some thorns on the long leaves of the tree, so when picking, be careful.
Although Vietnam is the world’s leading exporter of Dragon fruit, it is rumoured to have been brought for Central America to the country by the French. Back then, it was grown in Vietnam to be eaten by the royals and affluent persons in society. Why this was chosen over a mango, is probably down to its colour and the “exotic” look of it all.
No one is really sure how it got to Jamaica, but with Jamaica being a colony back in the day, there were plenty of opportunities for it to have been brought here. There are hundreds of varieties of fruit, a number of which can be found on the island.
The striking magenta-coloured fruit, the physical graffiti variety, with its bright pink flesh is the most common on the island. Some persons may know it locally as Sky Okra or God Okra. Other common variations are the American beauty and the palora. The Palora is one of the most sought-after variations as it is a bright yellow with a more demure white flesh.
It can be cut and eaten right from the tree. Just remove the inedible bracks (the long stem-like things growing of the dragon fruit). Then just slice it in two with your knife. If you can, refrigerate it for some time and then try it. The flesh is the main part that’s eaten but the skin or rind can be had if it is processed into a powder.
The flavour, (for me), is very subtle, not at all what I imagined from the appearance of the fruit. Sheldon’s very descriptive assessment of the Dragon Fruit was that when sliced, it looks similar to watermelon and is just as refreshing. The fruit though has subtle similarities to a kiwi or grape and some floral notes at the end. Can’t you just taste it?
Can it be refrigerated?
Yes, it can! In fact, it is recommended. Refrigeration makes the fruit even more refreshing and lengthens the shelf life of the delicate fruit.
Can you have this food every day?
Well, yes you can but its high dietary fibre and water content makes it a mild laxative.
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