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A closer view of the dragonfruit on display | by shankar s.
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A closer view of the dragonfruit on display

A closer view of the tray of Dragon Fruit on sale in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. The fruit is also known as pitaya or pithaya. The mild taste of pitaya flesh is often remarked upon, as it stands in stark contrast to the vibrant exterior. The taste has been described as being very bland... like a melon or kiwifruit, with a mild sweetness. To eat a pitaya or Dragon Fruit, the fruit is cut open to expose the flesh. The fruit's texture is sometimes likened to that of the kiwifruit because of its black, crunchy seeds. The flesh, which is eaten raw, is mildly sweet and low in calories. The seeds are eaten together with the flesh, have a nutty taste and are rich in lipids, but they are indigestible unless chewed. The fruit is also converted into juice or wine, or used to flavour other beverages. The flowers can be eaten or steeped as tea. Pictures of a Dragon Fruit with it's flesh scooped out appeared earlier in this album. (Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Nov. 2016)

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Taken in November 2016