What to do with a Dragon Fruit? Will It Blend?

On August 4, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus

I was at Jimmy’s Food Store, an Italian market in downtown Dallas, picking up some pancetta for another recipe and noticed a peculiar, yet beautiful pink fruit. It is called Dragon Fruit and sold that day for $3.99.

I bought one unsure what I would or could do with it. It was definitely an impulse, novelty buy and something I’m sure my 5 year old twin boys would find interesting especially with dragon in its name.

After a couple days of letting it ripen, it basically behaves like a mango so you feel the firmness of the fruit to determine when it’s ready. I decided to finally put it to use with my VitaMix (sorry BlendTec for borrowing your Will it Blend nomenclature while using your competitor.)

How’s it look? It looks like someone threw Docker’s khaki pants with poppy seeds into a blender. More importantly how does it taste? It’s better than it looks. The flavor is good, nothing great. Dragon Fruit doesn’t really have that much flavor. It almost tastes like jicima, sweet but muted.

If you want to experiment with something new in your smoothie, Dragon Fruit might be what you are looking for. Just don’t expect to be blown away.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie

1 orange, peeled and halved
1 dragon fruit, peeled and halved
1 banana
1/2 apple
1 cup ice

Add items in order and turn on VitaMix at speed 1 and rapidly turn to 10 then switch to high speed power and blend for 45 seconds.


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On July 14, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus

My wife Stephanie kept looking into buying a VitaMix blender. We owned a perfectly fine Cruisinart blender that well blended things and quite honestly we rarely used it. So why did we need some $500 blender?! Who knows but I figured as we moved into our new home that a house warming gift was in order and well it seemed like a good time to get this crazy blender thingy.

It’s been about a month since we bought the VitaMix at Costco and I have to admit – I’m addicted. Maybe it’s because I wanted to feel justified spending so much on this crazy thing. Or perhaps it just makes some great things (mainly smoothies) and is very easy to clean, making it a mostly effortless experience each time I use it.

Here are a couple quick favorite smoothie recipes. The best part no added sugars and I’ve dramatically reduced my visits and cravings for Jamba Juice. Plus I can avoid any sugars or concentrates and use organic fruit.

Blueberry, Banana, Orange Smoothie

1/2 cup blueberries
1 orange, peeled
1 banana, peeled
1 cup ice
1/4 cup water

Add ingredients in order listed start on variable setting 1 and increase immediately to 10 and then put into high speed for about 30-45 seconds.

Pineapple, Orange, Banana Smoothie

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
1/2 cup orange juice
1 banana, peeled
1 cup ice

Add ingredients in order listed start on variable setting 1 and increase immediately to 10 and then put into high speed for about 30-45 seconds.

Here are some additional online resources covering VitaMix recipes:


Facebook Page Dedicated to VitaMix Recipes

YouTube Videos Featuring VitaMix Recipes

VitaMix’s Vita-Village Forum

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