“Anderson turns the fruit in his hand, studying it. It’s more like a gaudy sea anemone or a furry puffer fish than a fruit. Coarse green tendrils protrude from all sides, tickling his palm. The skin has the rust-red tinge of blister rust, but when he sniffs he doesn’t get any stink of decay.”
This week I contributed to PAPER/PLATES, a blog that features book-inspired recipes! I created this Dragonfruit Salad based on Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Windup Girl”. The novel takes place in a 23rd century Thailand where genetic engineering is common (though not perfected) and seeds are genehacked to be sterile.
In this world, the main character scours Thai markets for something new and exotic. To find ingredients for this recipe, I searched my own local markets for something foreign and strange and came across beautiful bright pink dragonfruit with “green tendrils,“ and a spiky-looking horned melon more like “a puffer fish than a fruit.”
To find out how to make this beautiful (and very simple) Dragonfruit Salad with kiwi and horned melon foam, click here!