We took a break yesterday from our kitchen mess and went to the "Taste of Lee" tropical fruit festival. Thanks to Susan at www.livingsanibel.org for the tip!
We tasted lots of new (to us) fruits and the clear winner was the Dragon Fruit! We also tasted several varieties of mango. A lot of winners there too.
Another interesting discovery was spineless prickly pear cactus. It was simply cut into strips. No other preparation. Perfectly edible. It would be a great addition to longevity spinach and other greens around the yard. We bought a foot long "pad" for $2 and I planted it in the fruit garden last night. We have lots of prickly pear, but with thorns.
We discovered we don't like Jack fruit or sapodilla. I tried tasting one of the tamarind seed pods but didn't quite know what to do with it - I'll have to research that. Tried lemon grass and know we need some for our yard now.
On the way home we were lucky to find Dragon Fruit at our favorite Asian market. The Dragon Fruit we tasted at the festival had a red center. The one we brought home had a white center.
Amazingly refreshing. We saved the other half for tomorrow. And naturally, I have saved some seeds!!