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…The Dragon Fruit isn’t made by dragons?


The Pitaya or Dragon Fruit is one of the most unique looking naturally occurring foods that I have ever seen, and one that I was lucky enough to try thanks to the vendor at my local farmer’s market who always seems to carry the strangest goods. Grown in the dry regions of the world such as the Southwestern part of the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia, the cactus fruit has a bright pink skin with green “scales” on the outside, and white flesh (and occasionally red flesh) with black seeds similar to the kiwi on the inside.

Dragon Fruit

Though it has a very subtle flavor that bordered on bland, the flesh is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and it helps the digestive process. Legend has it that “the fruit was created by fire breathing dragons. By eating the Dragon Fruit it was believed that you become empowered with the same strength and ferocity as the dragon. Other stories say that the Dragon Fruit looks like a dragon’s egg”.

[Wikipedia – Pitaya]

[Via: Market Manila]

[Via: Tastespotting]

…There are 300 million people in these United States?


I’m not sure exactly how scientists nailed this figure down beyond just making an educated guess and really sticking to it, but apparently at 7:46 a.m. EDT this morning, the U.S. population will hit the 300 million people mark. According to the Census Bureau, the United States has a birth every 7 seconds, a death every 13 seconds and the arrival of a new immigrant every 31 seconds, giving us a net gain of one new person for every 11 seconds that pass. Just reading this, 3 new people have already been added. If only I could get everyone to give me a dollar…

[U.S. Population Clock Projection]

[Via: MSNBC]