Grown in South America, it's recommended that you don't eat the casing it comes in and only consume the white bit.
Cocaine and dragon fruit—also known as pitaya—have more in common that you might think.
OK, there are many other differences (one is more socially acceptable as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, for example), but the two did find themselves sharing headlines this week after customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport discovered more than £1.5 million worth of liquid cocaine hidden inside of a shipment of dragon fruit.
And the reason they found it? Because the pick-up guy was late.
Normally, perishable goods are collected immediately after import, ensuring they stay as fresh as possible. Customs officers at Hong Kong airport got suspicious when this particular shipment of fruit hadn't been collected two days after arriving from Colombia via the UK. Upon closer inspection, they found that 98 of nearly 2,000 fruit were concealing 13 grams of liquid cocaine, totalling 15 kilograms.
That's some juicy fruit.
A source explained to the South China Morning Post that "part of the fruit layer was peeled off and pulp was removed before liquid cocaine was injected into the hollow centre and the layer glued back on. From appearance, it was hard to distinguish the ones concealing illegal drugs. Officers had to inspect them one by one."
The examination process took the customs team more than four hours, as the 98 tampered fruit were divided between the 160 boxes in which the shipment arrived.