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A little lime, some spring onions, chilli of choice, salt and pepper with chopped coriander....
Ab fab.
"Start cookin' up them tortillas, groovy guts, what we have here is exquisito!"
This is a salsa that will go with anything. On top of canitas (pork) we ate it with sliced cabbage sprinkled with lime, s&p atop corn tortillas.
La esposa says almost cynically, "You found a use for Dragon Fruit."
While I may love DF, she is not usually enamoured to the succulent.
In fact she is downright hostile.
My daughter can't get enough of them. Good genes I guess.
But tonight 'a ella le encanta'*.
There is a new star in the heavens tonight.
And around me DFs are fruiting still....


*she loves it.

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Comment by Dave Riley on April 30, 2020 at 21:15

Also:

Dragon fruit is a low-calorie fruit that contains less sugar and fewer carbs than many other tropical fruits.

More nutritional info HERE

As a low carb eater it ticks my nutritional boxes...as does pawpaw.

Give me DF anyday over strawberries.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 30, 2020 at 21:08

Dragon Fruit is very easy to grow and is not very demanding of the soil. Here I run it up any tree. They grow well entwined in frangipani and even grow among Sheoaks. I have one way up a Silky Oak. Along fences, once initially supported they cling on with their climbing roots.

Indeed I shove them in anywhere I can. Like many succulents, any piece cut off will root for you and the flowers are stunning.

This year they are especially productive with the advantage that if you have a few plants growing in different places you can stagger the harvest as mine done ripen all at once.

Sweet tooths like my wife don't like them BUT she loved this salsa. My daughter, who  loves them, is going to make a cheese cake with some.

I think Dragon Fruit with ice cream -- especially a Weiss variety, like mango -- is a top dessert. Indeed, the only dessert I yearn for. A dab of mango creamery mix on top of DF: wonderful!.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 30, 2020 at 17:01

That is Beautiful Dave, I don't like Dragon Fruit as a Fruit but dressing it up like that I am sure I would love it. Next time I see some Red ones For Sale I will make it.

Comment by Fiona Ryan on April 28, 2020 at 11:13

That looks so good! I’m preparing a bed (flint hard, no nutrition) with my kitchen compost) in hopes that it will be good enough in a few months to plant in. Dragon fruit was one idea.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 27, 2020 at 19:29

One of the prettiest salsas that I have ever laid eyes on.  

Comment by Christa on April 27, 2020 at 12:08

Looks yummy Dave,  I will try that next time I get more than one fruit.  Carbohydrates have never been kind to me, I try to keep my intake to just over 30 g of carbs per day.  When my young supply of trees decide to fruit, I could be in trouble but there is always a hungry family on standby.  Just fell victim to an indian mango tree that I am going to treat like a bonsai, let's see how we go. Keep up the good recipes. 

Comment by Sophie on April 27, 2020 at 12:08

yum yum yum

Comment by Dave Riley on April 27, 2020 at 10:23

There are many fruit based salsas. Mango for instance or Kiwi Fruit being popular. But here is a range of Dragon Fruit Salsa recipes.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 26, 2020 at 20:30

The only fruits I indulge in are Dragon Fruit and Pawpaw. Citruses like lemons and limes too. Oranges for marinades.

And I do love Asian pears, mulberries and figs.

It's a carbohydrate issue for me.So I try to abstain.

But this DF concoction opened up a world of possibilities.

Comment by Doug Hanning on April 26, 2020 at 18:02

That looks delish

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