Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tropical Lemonade

I've always been curious about dragon fruit.  Although they're quite expensive, I decided to purchase a few from the farmer's market.  The outside is pretty funky looking.  After cutting the fruit open, I could see the white flesh with black seeds throughout.  The flavor was similar to a pear with the texture of a kiwi.  Sort of a let down considering its exotic appearance, it tasted nothing like I expected.  I was expecting a very sweet and amazing taste.

After searching for a recipe using dragon fruit, I decided to combine the fruit with some kiwi for a tropical lemonade. 

(Makes 1/2 Gallon)
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 dragon fruit (white flesh)
3 kiwi
4 cups water

Peel kiwi. Scoop dragon fruit directly from its skin. Puree fruit in a food processor or blender. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh wire strainer placed over a bowl. Discard seeds. In a large pitcher combine sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in strained kiwi and dragon fruit. Stir in water. Serve over ice.

Recipe adapted from

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  1. That looks and sounds so refreshing!

  2. A nice end of the summer drink. I hate those seeds too.

  3. That looks like my kinda drink right there. Thanks for sharing Brandi:)

  4. Brandi, you've got me curious with this one! I don't think I've seen dragon fruit around here. The drink sounds delicious.

  5. Sounds delicious;). Will definitely be trying this! Thanks for sharing

  6. I've never tried them before either, but the lemonade looks fantastic!

  7. If never had that before either. Have to put this on my list so the kids can try it.

  8. I have never heard of dragonfruit. I bet now I will see it everywhere! I may have to try this. I love pears so I am interested to see what this might taste like.

  9. Hmmm...I've never heard of dragon fruit or seen it in any market around here. I'll have to inquire about it. Most likely I'd find it at the more "hip" markets in the trendy areas of town, a place where an old lady like me rarely ventures! ;-) Sounds good, especially paired with kiwi and without all the seeds!

  10. I've never been brave enough to try it! Your lemonade looks delicious, though. I would have expected it to taste differently as well.

  11. I know what you mean about the dragon fruit. It's appearance makes it seem that it will be more than the actual taste. I think I expected something so wonderfully different and tropical-ly. (I know that word is just made up - lol). I do like the combination of ingredients and I think this drink sounds fantastic! I must remember to strain fruits like this. Those seeds get all in my teeth. :-)

  12. Too cool! I guess I need to buy some dragon fruit too :)
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  13. I think they are so interesting looking. I gave them a try for the first time earlier this summer and didn't love them. What a great idea to use them in a lemonade!

  14. Brandy that sounds delicious. I've seen dragon fruit at the market but had no clue about them.

  15. Yumm! I have to try this, it sounds delicious :)


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