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Dracaena Dragon Tree - Dubious or Delicious?

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I read in a few places that the fruit of the Canary Dragon Tree, Dracaena draco, are edible.

When driving around, have noticed that a number of these trees around town are fruiting profusely at the moment. However I am still dubious if the fruit are can be eaten or not as there seems to be little information, so would be pleased to receive confirmation of this.

Someone in the Canary Islands said that they taste like tomatoes. So I did nibble on one a little just to get the taste and the fleshy pulp definitely had a strong tomatoey flavour. Probably they had more like a cooked tomato flavour or sweet and savoury tomato relish, but very, very tomatoish. So please let me know if you have any factual information.

Thanks in advance.
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Having been further ruminating about the Dragon's Blood fruit, I discovered an excerpt from a herbal site about their history and where the taste was described as exquisite:

‘Dracaena draco Linn. Liliaceae. Dragon-Tree.
Canary Islands. The dragon tree furnished dragons-blood once considerably exported from the Canaries. At Porto Santo, one of the Madeira Islands, Cada Mosto in 1454 found the tree yielding ‘a kind of fruit, like to our cherries but yellow, which grows ripe in March and is of a most exquisite taste.’

Given this favourable report and since they appear to fruit so profusely in my area, it seems strange that nobody is seen to be harvesting them.

Thanks for listening!
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