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Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

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Did you know that dragon fruit is actually a type of cactus?  The fruit comes in 3 colors: 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh.  The cacti that the fruit grows on only blooms at night, under a full moon.  How magical is that?!  Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants.

Dragon fruit has a unique flavor, all its own – sweet and crunchy, with a taste that’s like a cross between kiwi and pear.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours.
  • 1 1/2 cups thick young Thai coconut cream
  • 11 oz by weight, dragon fruit (1 medium)
  • 3/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup raisins (secret ingredient that imparts the rich buttery flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in your blender.  Process  until the mixture is nice and creamy.  This may take 3-5 minutes.
  2. Once smooth place the blender container in the fridge for one hour to chill.
  3. Once it is chilled, transfer the mixture to your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

To choose a ripe dragon fruit:

Look for bright, even-colored skin.  If the fruit has a lot of blotches, it may be over-ripe (a few are normal).  Another sign of an over-ripe dragon fruit is a very dry, brittle brown stem, or brown on the tips of the “leaves”.  Hold the dragon fruit in your palm and try pressing the skin with your thumb or fingers – it should give a little (like a ripe kiwi), but shouldn’t be too soft or mushy.  If it’s very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days.

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