It would be lovely AND INTERESTING to hear about what fruit you get where you live. I know a lot of goods are exported around the world and some you can get everywhere….like The Banana but there are some that you don’t see often or know much about so maybe don’t buy them…. my aim? Maybe you will next time …
But before that…..I will tell you a funny story …… Matum fruit which I will be featuring one week……..I tried to eat the pulpy middle..well I broke a tiny bit away and I could see what looked like clear glue and decided to maybe just taste a little on the tip of my tongue..it was definitely gluey so I didn’t eat any more of it and as I had some more of the fruit thought maybe it was overripe…then my daughter-in-law told me you don’t eat that bit… this is what you eat……Ahhhhhh…the lights were now on…lol
My point? Fruity Fridays are to tell you about different fruits so we know how to use it and enjoy IT and what bits we don’t eat…..
Ok…..Today I give you the very pretty exotic looking Dragon Fruit!
Such a pretty coloured fruit and it just looks so exotic, doesn’t it? Also, known as Pitaya fruit or in Thailand(Kaeo Mangkon). Rich in Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 and the minerals iron, calcium & phosphorus and one fruit is only 60 calories so a good for you fruit.
It is also said to help lower bad cholesterol levels and its high fibre content can also assist with poor digestion and constipation.
Of course, it also makes excellent smoothies, you can sip your smoothie while it works on your hair follicles..yes if you put the juice on your scalp it will keep the hair follicles open so it’s great for tinted hair.
I am really getting into this smoothie making and today I think is one of my favourite smoothies. I am learning to get the right amount and what I do is take the glass I am going to drink it from and fill the glass with my fruit that way I make just enough and if I am making more than one glass then I double up but it eliminates the guesswork.
Today’s smoothie was a mixture of fruit and vegetables.
I used a large chunk of Pineapple, Watermelon, yellow melon and dragon fruit. A slice of tomato, a slice of beetroot, a piece of carrot and a little ice.
Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute and voila a lovely smoothie.
Troubled with acne and spots then make a paste from a slice of the dragon fruit apply to the affected areas of your face or skin then rinse off with water. Use twice daily for the best results.
The sap of the dragon fruit is also used by making aqueous extracts of its leaves, bark and fruit pulp and is said to aid wound healing and burns.
I then got to thinking about a recipe I came across all these beautiful desserts..brilliant pink Pannacotta’s..but I am not a dessert person as you know unless it’s a high day or holiday…ha ha….. Often served on a mixed fruit platter here or in little tarts…
Then I come across a recipe for Dragon Chicken..…not a dragon fruit in sight but hey ho….it’s in the name…lol
1lb chicken breasts cut into small chunks or pieces of chicken on the bone.
Marinade for chicken:
1 egg white
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp cornstarch/arrowroot
1 tbsp soy sauce
Salt to taste.
Mix all the sauce ingredients together and coat the chicken thoroughly leave to dry for 30 minutes.
Heat some oil 375 degrees and cook chicken in batches until it is crispy.
For the sauce, you need 2 tsp of finely chopped garlic, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tsp of finely chopped ginger, 3 tbsp tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1/2 tsp of sugar mix all these together. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and add the mixture when the sauce comes to the boil add the chicken and heat for a further 1-2 minutes.
To serve garnish with chopped spring onions, niblets of sweetcorn/peas and or sliced green chillies.
I, of course, would add more chilli flakes and probably a tsp more ginger…just saying..lol…But as you know my mantra is TASTE and TASTE again… until it is perfect for you…
I hope you are enjoying these Fruity Fridays if you are please share on your favourite social media it may help someone to eat the right bit of the fruit..unlike me with my Matum Fruit…lol
Don’t forget on Wednesdays over at Sally’s it’s Hot Cross Buns xxx See you there xx