Testing Tuesday: Dragon fruit sorbet
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya
, has a mildly sweet, somewhat bland, pulpy interior similar to the texture of kiwi fruit. Dragon fruits are bell shaped with a vibrant pink exterior and intimidating green tipped spikes that remind me of a pink fireball you would see in a Mario Kart video game.
Depending on the variety of dragon fruit, the edible insides which contain small black seeds, can be white or red in colour.
In Singapore, I normally pay just over $2.00 to get five dragon fruits. After stumbling upon this dragon fruit sorbet recipe at Sugarlaws.com, I had to give this recipe a try solely to use up the abundant amount of these fruits I had in my kitchen.
This recipe is easy to make, refreshing, healthy, and tastes better than most lemon sorbets you can buy in stores. Unlike most smooth sorbets, the frozen black seeds add an enjoyable crackling and somewhat crunchy texture to dessert. The lemon juice in the recipe brings out the mild sweetness of the fruit, and if the fruit is ripe, you DON’T NEED TO ADD THE SUGAR or the water! I believe that all fruits offer enough of a sweet taste that you should never have to add any extra sugar! Who’s with me?!
WARNING: Once eaten, this recipe will most likely be made on a weekly basis in your household.
It’s about balance . . .
We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but most of us don’t get enough in our diets. And no, apple pie doesn’t count as a fruit serving. Here are five tips to increase fruits and vegetables in your diet:
- Check the colour of your plate: Is your plate/bowl colourful? If not, add some vegetables!
- Pre-cut your vegetables: When you get home from the grocery store, cut up all of your vegetables for the week. This works particularly well with celery, carrots, and peppers.
- Plan: Fruit and vegetables don’t magically appear in your diet. You need to put them there. Make sure you plan out your meals for the week.
- Set a goal: Set a goal that’s easy to remember that will help you increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Example: Have one apple before or after dinner.
- Keep Track: Know how many fruits and vegetables you need to have in one a day. To find out your recommended fruit and vegetable intake click here.
The dragon fruit was too cold to hold with our hands, so we used a tupperware!
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Kiwis (Without the added sugar and water)