China 2017

Our fruity year continues, and this week arrives in China.

A quick internet search can find a multitude of fruits that are available from China, only we were somewhat obstructed by unavailability of such fruits in Wales and the unthinkable problem that fruits are available to buy only in their season. Though most people might consider the appropriate solution to be lychee, it would appear that to source them in the UK in April is not within the capabilities of Google (and Apple, even less so).

Instead, I settled for dragonfruit - only to find they are actually native to Central America. Knowing they are the fruit of a cactus, might have been the clue.

However, the sweet version of the pitaya fruit, officially named hylocereus, is more credited to the far east.
Actually the two dragonfruit which I ordered and cost me £14.20, were flown in from Thailand. We'll take that as acceptable representation of China at this stop of our world tour - we don't have much choice this week.

The bright spiky shape makes an intriguing appearance, which excited the girls, and then the white flesh inside is totally unexpected. Natalya willingly accepted the offer to try some before finding it unpleasant to the extent of tears! Heidi, still shocked that the inside did not match the glamour of the pink exterior, refused to try it. Only on telling her it was like watermelon (which was her favourite fruit until we had mango recently) did she try some and determine it reasonably edible. After a few more mouthfuls she'd had enough and I too. Though an interesting one to have tried, not one I shall be paying to repeat.

Continuing the idea of putting the fruit into a recipe, I served it with American style pancakes. Maybe on a plate this was more symbolic of this week's conference in Florida. Heidi added Nutella, which not only complicates the politics but also heavily overpowers the other flavours.

The excitement relates mostly to Nutella on pancakes 

Stirring... it a real beating.


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