I have long been a fan of dragon fruit — the melon-like, kiwi-like fruit with its red exterior and slightly-sweet, slightly-earthy tasting fleshy interior speckled with black seeds. This fruit is so unique that it just feels special to eat one and is truly a fest for the eyes. Classic dragon fruit with white, fleshy interiors can be found pretty much year round, but a few weeks ago, I received some “good mail”— an entire box of dragon fruit. And you can’t imagine my surprise when I sliced into one to discover that is was red inside.
To my surprise, I discovered that red dragon fruit are much tastier than their white-interior counterparts. They just have a lot more flavor and are pleasant and refreshing to eat. My favorite way to eat one is to slice it in half, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon, bite by bite.
I was always surprised to learn that the juicy red flesh dyed my fingers and fingernails much like beets. Which means they’re packed with more antioxidants than the white-flesh ones.
In an effort to preserve the fruit I didn’t eat fresh, I decided to make popsicles with a couple of them. I simply scooped the flesh out of two dragon fruit, added some fresh lime juice and a little honey, blended it, and poured it into a popsicle mold before freezing.
Red Dragon Fruit Popsicle Recipe
Prep time 10 minutes, Freeze time 5 hours
Makes 10 popsicles
2 red dragon fruit (about 20 ounces flesh total)
Juice from 2 limes
3 tablespoons honey
Use a spoon to scoop the dragon fruit flesh into a blender. Add the juice from two limes and 3 tablespoons of honey. Blend on medium until a puree forms, about one minute.
Pour into a popsicle mold. Freeze for 90 minutes, then add popsicle sticks. Freeze an additional 3 and a half hours. Remove the popsicles from molds and store in an air tight container in the freezer, using wax paper or parchment paper in between the popsicles to keep them from sticking together. Enjoy for a nutritious, refreshing summer treat.
Note: Be sure to remove the popsicles from the molds within 12 hours, otherwise, they will stick and be difficult to remove.
This post has been generously sponsored by Frieda’s, the specialty fruit company.