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(Tasting Table)   Dragon fruits might be a bad thing for farmers. Do they even taste good?   (tastingtable.com) divider line
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605 clicks; posted to Food » on 25 Sep 2022 at 12:50 PM (10 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-09-25 10:05:13 AM  
Do the fruits make you breathe fire?
 
2022-09-25 10:10:00 AM  

kdawg7736: Do the fruits make you breathe fire?


Do the fruits breath fire?  Is that why farmers hate them?
 
2022-09-25 10:21:56 AM  
Nope.
I don't care for them. They're like kumquats.
Just get some apricots and call it done.
 
2022-09-25 10:31:37 AM  
"flavor-packed fruit"? Gorgeous-looking fruit, but the actual taste is somewhere between nonexistant and "flavorful only to people that think spices peaked at vanilla"
 
2022-09-25 10:36:03 AM  

Somaticasual: "flavor-packed fruit"? Gorgeous-looking fruit, but the actual taste is somewhere between nonexistant and "flavorful only to people that think spices peaked at vanilla"


Yeah, I bought one once and was very underwhelmed. I was expecting something similar to passion fruit, but it was just bland goo.
 
2022-09-25 10:48:43 AM  
I like dragon fruit. They remind me of a cross between a pear and a kiwi.
 
2022-09-25 11:02:31 AM  
I don't think they're bad, just kind of meh. Dragon fruits are easily the biggest gap between how cool a fruit looks and how it tastes.
 
2022-09-25 11:10:12 AM  
It is a subtle taste. The best application I can think of for it is a fruit salad, where it brings visual appeal and other components are bringing the flavor.
 
2022-09-25 11:34:55 AM  
The Neverending Story:
American "farmers" invest heavily in a niche crop, then charge very gouge-y prices.
Tropical growers who don't need supplemental light and heat get their product to market for much cheaper.
Then the US niche "farmers" have a surplus they can't sell.Uncle Sam's corporate welfare programs rescue them from their own greed and poor planning.Big Pig Gravy Train rolls on and on and on.../praying for "the big one" to hit Floorida.
 
2022-09-25 11:59:33 AM  
They're interesting looking but taste really bland.
 
2022-09-25 12:22:18 PM  
We need a Durian/Dragon Fruit blend.
 
2022-09-25 1:00:00 PM  
Yeah. I'm also on team "looks great, but kinda bland".

Even has them fresh in Hawaii for a week (breakfast at the B&B always had assorted fruit, among other things). Dragon fruit and rambutan were always the most disappointing. The pineapple and mango though? Holy. fark.
 
2022-09-25 1:45:23 PM  
I rather like them, but they are subtle. I can see folks who prefer certain tastes to think of them as a waste of time.
 
2022-09-25 1:50:15 PM  
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2022-09-25 2:11:54 PM  

olrasputin: Yeah. I'm also on team "looks great, but kinda bland".

Even has them fresh in Hawaii for a week (breakfast at the B&B always had assorted fruit, among other things). Dragon fruit and rambutan were always the most disappointing. The pineapple and mango though? Holy. fark.


Nice to hear that fresh picked isn't less insipid. I thought maybe the ones I've tried had harvesting or storage problems.

If you want an  exotic fruit with much more acid and fruitiness I recommend the pineapple guava (feijoa)  however it doesn't to have a long enough shelf life. If it became really popular like avocados that wouldn't be a problem.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feijoa_sellowiana

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2022-09-25 2:22:22 PM  

HairBolus: olrasputin: Yeah. I'm also on team "looks great, but kinda bland".

Even has them fresh in Hawaii for a week (breakfast at the B&B always had assorted fruit, among other things). Dragon fruit and rambutan were always the most disappointing. The pineapple and mango though? Holy. fark.

Nice to hear that fresh picked isn't less insipid. I thought maybe the ones I've tried had harvesting or storage problems.

If you want an  exotic fruit with much more acid and fruitiness I recommend the pineapple guava (feijoa)  however it doesn't to have a long enough shelf life. If it became really popular like avocados that wouldn't be a problem.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feijoa_sellowiana

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/// I was spoiled by a neighbor who had a tree.


A couple stores nearby carry them, and yeah-I'm a fan.
 
2022-09-25 2:36:38 PM  
Bought my first and only dragonfruit in Thailand years ago. After a taste I asked some Aussie girls if they liked dragonfruit and, if they did, could they tell me if that's how they are supposed to taste.

"Oiiiii it's peeh-fect, mait", they purred as they finished it.

Screw dragonfruit. Mangosteen is the tropical fruit winner.
 
2022-09-25 2:42:50 PM  

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: Somaticasual: "flavor-packed fruit"? Gorgeous-looking fruit, but the actual taste is somewhere between nonexistant and "flavorful only to people that think spices peaked at vanilla"

Yeah, I bought one once and was very underwhelmed. I was expecting something similar to passion fruit, but it was just bland goo.


Costco had a bag of dried 🐉 fruit.  It was actually great.
 
2022-09-25 2:56:21 PM  
I've never had any good tasting purple dragonfruit. The yellow, however.... holy hell are those good.
 
2022-09-25 3:11:17 PM  

Thosw: I've never had any good tasting purple dragonfruit. The yellow, however.... holy hell are those good.


Huh. The red dragonfruit I tried a few years back was really bland. I wonder if this is a genetic-tasting thing like cilantro or durian?

/Really liked the "Dragonfruit" Snapple Fire drink back in the day.
 
2022-09-25 3:26:19 PM  

ms_lara_croft: I like dragon fruit. They remind me of a cross between a pear and a kiwi.


Yup. Kiddo wanted to try one earlier in the summer, so we picked one up. Pear/kiwi was how it tasted to me. I like them, but not at the $4 per fruit that it cost. It'll be a while before I get another one.
 
2022-09-25 5:18:24 PM  
They are okay. The best part , for me when I had some growing- giant flowers that attracted bigger than a mouse sized moths. They are also quite nutritous. They do like it warm, their feet don't like to be wet, but do'nt let the soild dry out. And here in SoCal , we had a bit of an issue with sun scald .
 
2022-09-25 6:32:57 PM  

Fursecution: Thosw: I've never had any good tasting purple dragonfruit. The yellow, however.... holy hell are those good.

Huh. The red dragonfruit I tried a few years back was really bland. I wonder if this is a genetic-tasting thing like cilantro or durian?

/Really liked the "Dragonfruit" Snapple Fire drink back in the day.


Different species
 
2022-09-25 6:41:26 PM  
Just buy a pomegranate.
 
2022-09-25 7:36:43 PM  
The taste is meh. However, they're easy to add to smoothies - makes 'em a slam dunk as a quick addition for a fresh source of vitamins & minerals. They add a nice texture, too.
 
2022-09-25 9:44:24 PM  
Rose Apple
Loquat
Star Cherry (not sure of the actual name, but I'd recognize the bush and fruit)
Tamarind
Mango


I grew up in Hialeah and these were my favorite tropical fruit. They grew all over in my neighborhood and we ate 'em. We had a backyard banana tree and a grapefruit tree as well. Banana tree made these finger sized ones that are so flavorful, much nicer than the Cavendish. There were huge avocado trees heaped with the green monsters. You could get 20 bucks for a shopping cart full, and we did that too. The tropics seem to be an all you can eat buffet, and for the most part it's not difficult to find something to eat, growing in your neighbor's yard. Most of the time the folks who owned the yards were happy to let you have the fruit.  We kids in the 60's knew who the stingy neighbors were and generally respected their property. No need to take their stuff because someone a few houses down would let you take all you could carry of the same stuff.
 
2022-09-25 10:55:45 PM  

dryknife: Just buy a pomegranate.


Pomegranates stain like nobody's business.
 
2022-09-25 11:31:19 PM  
While bland, the dragon fruit still taste better than those spiky melons.

/Asian supermarkets have all the cool looking fruits
 
2022-09-26 1:08:10 PM  

hubiestubert: I rather like them, but they are subtle. I can see folks who prefer certain tastes to think of them as a waste of time.


Subtle. Got to tell you, they're flavored like beige. It's like somebody thought, hey, why don't we take the kiwi and dress it up with spikes and stuff, but thought trading away the taste was an acceptable sacrifice. Visiting Singapore 20+ years ago, it was the first new fruit I tried, and remember thinking, meh. I thought red delicious apples were just bags of sugar and uninteresting until I tried dragon fruit. I'll try one every couple of years just to see if I missed it, but so far, meh.
Reading through here, I see that some varieties are more flavorful than others, and so I'll give those a shot next time I see one. And, they do work well as a space filler in a fruit salad.
 
2022-09-26 4:22:29 PM  
I like them.  Have them cold and they can be nice, refreshing, and kinda melon-y.  They are not insanely sweet like watermelon or cantaloupe though.

People in the US are used to overwhelmingly sweet things.  That's one thing.  In Asia, people don't.  One look at some American cake frostings and my teeth start hurting.  Cake frostings in Asia are mildly sweet in comparison.
 
2022-09-26 4:44:43 PM  
"Maybe we shouldn't be growing something like that at a commercial scale in a climate that can't support it without artificial augmentation" just never occurs to folks, it seems.

It's OK to live without dragon fruit, or to import it from the places in which it evolved to grow.

"Why can't I grow oranges in the Arctic and sell them at the same prices as oranges grown in Florida?" is a dumb question, but it's not that much more hyperbolic than this whole "WE GOT A DRAGONFRUIT GAP!" article BS.
 
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