Kona's Magic Dragon Fruit

Exotic fruits always remind me of refreshing summer drinks, but did you know that the tropical Dragon Fruit is actually a type of cactus? Its beautiful armored exterior is reminiscent of the top of a dragon’s head, but the flesh of this fruit can be as soft as a ripened kiwi. In fact, it’s pretty easy to cut into one of them and scoop the fruit out like a papaya. This nutritional wonder comes in dramatic colors of reds, fuschia and white, which make for amazing desserts and smoothies. Dragon fruit is also high in antioxidants and provides a good source of Vitamin C and other minerals.

They aren’t found everywhere, but fortunately for us, Susie and Terry Weaver of Kona Dragon Fruit Company are the largest growers of this wonderful fruit on the islands. The good news is that it is not just our Big Island stores that are carrying them, as we’ve brought them to all of our stores on the islands, so come and try one for yourself!