Now, I'm not sure if this fruit really qualifies as a 'Hawaiian Fruit', but the topic of my post today is a fruit grown in Hawaii that I ate in Hawaii.
We picked up the white dragon fruit on our trip to the Kokua Market because of its striking pink color. This is exactly the kind of fruit that comes to my mind when I think of 'tropical fruits'. Pink.
The dragon fruit is a little less than the size of half a pineapple. The outer skin is about 0.5 inches, and since this is a white dragon fruit, the innards were white.
In case you are wondering, the extra-pink edge between the skin and the meat really is extra-pink... It's not a digital artifact...
To tell you the truth, I am not much of a fruit lover and I was attracted to these Hawaiian fruits just for the novelty. Much like the lilikoi, I wasn't overwhelmed by the dragon fruit, although the Papa Bear, with his tropical blood, was very much impressed with both the lilikoi and the dragon fruit. The meat reminded me of a cactus, a kiwi (probably because of the seeds), and a unripe melon all at the same time. I liked how the seeds popped with every bite (without squirting some tart stuff like the lilikoi did to me), but it wasn't particularly juicy or sweet. Since this one fruit cost us $5, it's very unlikely that I will ever get it again. I'd rather spend my $5 on SEVEN malasadas!
It never ceases to amaze me how much information I can find by a simple Google search.