Happy camper…

This evening, I went to the grocery store to get a few odds and ends.

I trolled by the “exotic fruits” bins in the vain hope that they might have “Dragon Fruit” (Pitahaya). Towards the end of winter, the Loeb store near us started carrying some more unusual fruits like varieties of Passion Fruits and the aforementioned “Dragon Fruit”.

There are a number of varieties of Dragon Fruit. The one the store was carrying was the one which looks like this…

"Dragon Fruit" Pitahaya

"Dragon Fruit" Pitahaya

It is the fruit of a cactus. Unlike the more ubiquitous “Prickly Pear” you often see, the seeds are more like those you find in a Kiwi fruit. In fact the flavour is sort of Kiwi-esque. It is easy to peel. Simply cut in half lengthwise and slip a spoon or even just your thumb between the thick leathery skin, slide it along the length of the fruit and it will pop out the pulp in one go. Slice it and serve.

The one I have been hoping they will get in is the red variety. Looks exactly the same as the one above but it has bright fuchsia flesh inside. Apparently the flavour is incredible.

Red Pitahaya

Red Pitahaya

Recently, Loeb stores across the province began being rebranded as “Metro” stores, having been bought out by the Montreal -based grocery chain, Metro Inc. Today, the Loeb near us opened as a Metro store.

AND… Lo, and Behold! After many weeks of checking, there in the exotic fruits bins were my beloved Dragon Fruit! They were a little droopy but I expect they will tase just fine….


  1. Shawn said,

    April 30, 2009 at 6:10 am

    These are awesome!
    I still haven’t tried the red ones though.

    The first time I heard of them I was watching Daniel Cook (not alone, lol).
    For anyone not knowing who Daniel Cook is, he’s not a cook, but a little boy who has a television show learning new things and sharing his experiences and adventures with other kids his own age.

    • mudhooks said,

      April 30, 2009 at 6:43 am

      Daniel Cook… He’s the kid who was on David Letterman cooking, I think. great show… great kid….

      I actually made a wonderful fruit salad using Dragon Fruit, Passion Fruit, Prickly Pear (wear gloves while handling!!!!), and Mango. OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, it was so good.

      I had bought two types of Passion Fruit, a larger green one and a small red one. My mother appears to have made it disappear. I know I will find it one day, up in a cupboard… behind the couch… in the cupboard under the bathroom sink. It simply disappeared and, as usual, she doesn’t remember ever seeing it. It was in the fridge the night before and gone the next day. I know she didn’t eat it. but I am sure she took it out thinking it was one thing and simply left it out, forgetting she took it out to begin with.

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