Exotic dragon fruit dessert

Dragon fruit pudding

Dinner onboard Dunia Baru will always be something to remember, as you can see. Our chef, Tom Brett, creates the most superb dishes, and his latest creation here is coconut and chai seed pudding, with dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit – or, buah naga in Indonesian – is the bright pink fruit that you see here. It’s from Hylocereus genus of cactus, a climbing cactus vine that is originally from Mexico, but is now cultivated across South East Asia. Because its flamboyant white flowers bloom only at night, the plant is sometimes known as “moonflower” or “lady of the night”.  The fruit is similar to kiwi fruit in texture, and is mildly sweet… its flavor definitely doesn’t correlate with its vibrant color. Some varieties of the cactus produce fruit that has white flesh, with small black seeds.

Dragon fruit is said to improve eyesight and prevent hypertension, and the seeds of the fruit are supposed help in controlling blood glucose levels in people with non-insulin-dependent hyperglycaemic conditions (a kind of diabetes). It is also used to treat stomach and endocrine problems.

Dragon fruit is delicious on its own, when juiced, in a fruit salad or, as chef Tom Brett prepared, when served with coconut and chai seed pudding.

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