Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Susie Weaver at Kona Dragonfruit Farm on the Big Island. Let me tell you, I have a whole new appreciation for this unique fruit. Dragonfruit is not easy to grow and requires a lot of meticulous attention. Due to this year's rainy and wet weather, this season's crop was very limited. The few flowers that did grow needed to be hand pollinated at very early in the morning, as this fruit-bearing cactus blooms while it is still dark. Without the special care that Susie puts into these amazing fruits, the window of opportunity for Dragonfruit to bear fruit is tiny!
After touring the grounds, Susie invited me back to her home for some Dragonfruit salad. Not only was it refreshing, but I couldn't help savoring each and every bite, knowing the work that went into growing the fruit. It is a very simple salad that I thought I'd share.
Simply chop some dragonfruit and mangoes. Then go ahead and squeeze some lemon juice over it, and garnish with chopped mint. Susie had the great idea of cutting the dragon fruit in half, scooping out the fruit, and using the outer skin as a serving bowl for the salad. Not only does Susie have an amazing green thumb, she's got some impressive skills in the kitchen too!
Again, due to the season, we are only getting a limited supply, but they'll be available on Friday at all Oahu locations, except Foodland School Street and Foodland Laie.