Cactus Eaters

Nefarious has been asking me to get her dragon fruit (aka pitahaya) lately, and I figure the more healthy stuff we eat the better. It was on sale at the grocery store today so I got one for us to have for desert and it was a huge hit. The flavor was great — sort of like a sweet melon with the texture of a kiwi. We cut it in half, splitting it between us, and scooped out the flesh with a spoon. I highly recommend trying it if you never have before. I suspect it’s a pleasure that too many people let slip by them because they’re really not sure what to expect from this odd looking delicacy.

Other than that, I got a message from someone seeking permission to develop parts of my biography into a comic book. Now that’s an ego-stroke! I was pretty excited.


Speaking of overlooked food items, I made a salad recently out of kale, which is a light leafy kind of cabbage. You can get giant bunches of it for a dollar, so it’s less expensive than lettuce-type salad, and I suspect it’s much richer in terms of nutrients like beta carotene and vitamins. I ate it with a simple balsamic dressing (a bit of mayonnaise, a bit of oil, and a bit of vinegar) and it was quite refreshing.



  1. Seraphynae wrote:

    Kale is delicious, you should see if you can get chard, it’s also hella yummy. (young chard good for salads, older chard needs to be cooked) My friends have a stake in a farmshare and chard is in season, so we’ve eaten it in everything from curries to fajitas :D

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Permalink
  2. Joan wrote:

    Anika loves dragon fruit. I always let her choose any fruit she wants to try out when we shop and it has become onew of her favorites along with lychee

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  3. Andrew wrote:

    I’m a huge fan of dragon fruit. There’s a few different varieties and the inner flesh can vary in colour.

    I came across this a few days ago: Shatteringly Crisp Kale with Sea Salt and Red Chile — I might give it a go.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:05 am | Permalink
  4. Twwly wrote:

    I cannot begin to estimate how much kale and chard we eat! We consume it at a pretty remarkable clip. Definitely our go-to veg.

    Though when buying it out of season, the grocery store checkout girls NEVER know what it is!

    You can also toast your kale, chop it, throw it on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with an oil of your choice and some salt (and/or other seasonings). The nuttiness of the kale really comes through then and it’s a change from the routine steaming (that it usually gets in our house).

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink
  5. Toast wrote:

    Love kale, we have some growing on the allotment just now. Blanched, then fried off with some diced bacon… mm. Of course, I realise the bacon’s not so much your thing. Oh, coarsely chopped chestnut works well too.

    Dragon fruit I found a bit of a let down. Really attractive fruit, but the taste was a bit of a poor impersonation of kiwi IMO. Chard was another eye-pleaser that left me a tad cold, though it’s a versatile enough leaf if you’re short of soil.

    That crispy kale recipe sounds amazing, Andrew, going to have to give that a go!

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink
  6. peteD3 wrote:

    im not a big Kale fan, but y-to-the-uuumm, when it comes to Dragonfruit.

    i like the comic book idea, i wonder if they are aiming for non-fiction or if they will turn yur likeness into a modified vigilante with magic powers and a taser?

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  7. Pixie wrote:

    Hey, boerenkool! That’s what we call it (farmer’s cabbage). Didn’t know it’s called kale in English.

    It’s a traditional winter food here in Holland, sliced into thin strips, boiled and mixed with mashed potatoes, then eaten with smoked sausage. I didn’t even know you could make salad with it! :)

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  8. Danielle wrote:

    I was just going to mention the baked Kale recipe that Twwly gave. I eat this several times a week, great replacement for potato chips. I find they taste like Baked Lays!

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Permalink
  9. Danielle wrote:

    I also love kale. I grew up eating it in mashed potato with sausage (ahh, the Dutch) but recently I made a colourful slaw with it:

    Red cabbage, kale, pea shoots, peas, mint and coriander.

    I love how it stands up to acid and heat. I made a lime/mayo/hot sauce dressing and it lasted 3 days in the fridge without wilting.

    Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Permalink
  10. bucket of bunnies wrote:

    I am fairly late to comment but pitayas taste delicious! My family is from Oaxaca Mexico and it was somewhat common place to make “waters” with pitayas. Anything with pitayas is great!

    Friday, March 6, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Permalink
  11. Ian wrote:

    I was actually just grocery shopping and looked for some fresh kale to try a salad out of… nothing. Grocery stores here FAIL.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  12. Sarah wrote:

    I might have missed the boat on this one, but my mum’s a nutritionist and she loves to promote kale. She says it’s one of the few veges that your body can access the calcium from. Very yum. And kale chips are divine!

    Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
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