When Speedy saw Luke Nguyen whip up a dragon fruit shake in his show, he wasted no time in buying a dragon fruit to replicate the drink at home. When he cut the dragon fruit in half, to his surprise, he found the flesh to be the same color as the skin.
The skin of the dragon fruit is magenta but the flesh may either be white or as magenta as the skin. We’ve always bought the variety with the white flesh. Although most people we know find the fruit bland, we like the subtle flavor and the softly porous and watery texture.
Is there a difference in flavor between the variety with white flesh and the one with magenta flesh? Yes, there is. The white dragon fruit is a bit more sour. The magenta dragon fruit is more earthy. There is an element that hits the nose too although I can’t find the right word to describe it. I guess that after trying both, I conclude that I like the white dragon fruit better.
In terms of visual effect, however, a white dragon fruit will not result in such spectacular eye candy. Just look at that dramatic royal purple bubbly fluid in the glasses! Want to try making dragon fruit shake? It’s simple.
Dragon fruit shake
- 1 dragon fruit
- 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups cold milk
- ice cubes or shaved ice
- sugar , to taste
- Cut off the skin of the dragon fruit and discard. Cut the flesh into small cubes.
- Put the dragon fruit into the blender. Pour in the milk. Add the ice and sugar. Process until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
Because the magenta dragon fruit lacks the contrasting sour notes that make a fruit drink more pleasing, I think it would be a good idea to add a few squeezes of lemon or lime juice next time.