When I spotted this fruit in the market, I left the stall I was standing at and zipped over to the neighboring stall where it was being sold, five-year-old in tow. I started asking the hawker about the fruit when the lady from the previous stall came over, carrying my crying three-year-old. She shot me this look that said “you delinquent father you!” Oops!
The fruit you see above is Dragon Fruit, product of Bintulu, Sarawak. It’s pretty large, weighing about a kilo and about the size of my hand covering my fist. The outer skin is tough and pink, but easily peeled. Between the outer skin and the edible part is a livid purple color. The shot I took of it didn’t come out, sorry. The edible part is gray and shot through with little black seeds. It strongly resembles an enormous gray kiwi fruit, except the seeds are not regularly arranged around the center, but evenly dispersed throughout the flesh. The flavor and texture is kind of like a kiwi too, except not at all citrus-y, and more sweet.
Yet it’s not related to the kiwi! Dragon Fruit, Hylocerus undatus, is in the cactus family and originates in drier tropical climates in the New World. Read more about it at Tradewinds Fruit. Or you can see some better pictures than mine.