Sunday, March 4, 2012

Wonderfarm Dragon Fruit Drink

When I found this on the shelf next to the Foco Pomegranate Juice that I reviewed several days ago, I was really excited to try it. I love dragon fruit, and this was the first time that I had ever seen just a plain dragon fruit drink that wasn't mixed into some greater juice concoction. However, after tasting it, I think that it may have been better off as a part of a larger recipe, after all. A very small part.

If my disappointment with Wonderfarm's dragon fruit offering is not already clear, I will make it plain now: I don't care for this drink. I'm not entirely sure what it is about this one that is so off-putting to my palate, as the overall flavor itself is not particularly offensive, but I think that one of the primary reasons may be that it doesn't really taste like dragon fruit. You can certainly sense remnants of what was once dragon fruit in the flavor, but the added water and sugar give the liquid a syrupy taste and consistency. The aftertaste is also very heavy, and lingers in the olfactory longer than I would have liked. Honestly, it's just too sweet. I think that the added sugar was the mistake here, as it seems to have turned the quiet, ephemeral taste of the dragon fruit into something else entirely.

There is dragon fruit pulp in the bottom of the can, which is a bit of a saving grace in this otherwise unappealing beverage, but if I really want to have that sort of interaction with dragon fruit, I'll just buy a dragon fruit. The chunks of fruit are tasty, and they do distract you a bit from the strange ambiance of the surrounding fluid, but having to drink the rest of the drink to get to them just isn't worth it.

Verdict: Not recommended

Purchased: Unkown Asian Market [Spartanburg, SC]
Size: 11.1 fl. oz. [330mL]
Price: $0.99

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