I’m a sucker for exotic produce. A couple of years ago I was seduced by the kiwano melon. While quite appealing from a styling standpoint, I came to find out that its fruit was wrapped around little nuggets of seed so hard that they should be harvested for armor piercing buckshot. Well, today it happened again while taking a wonder through the Whole Foods produce section. I met another foe that had to be conquered…The Dragon Fruit.
I had seen a glimpse of this fruit on the opening credits of the Anthony Bourdain food/travel show “A Cooks Tour” and was always curious to find out what it was. Today I got that chance and was, well, a bit disappointed. The outer husk is alarmingly pink and adorned with those large dragon like scales. A swift slice through that rubbery exterior revealed the stark white spotted flesh. It was truly a design that even Jonathan Ive would be proud of. Tasting the speckled fruit I was reminded all at once of a slightly firmer, but yet more delicately flavored kiwi. All in all, not nearly as exciting as it’s exterior promised it to be. To be honest, part of the disappointment undoubtedly came from the fact that I shelled out an embarrassing $10 for one piece of fruit…ouch.
But this post isn’t about judging a book by its cover. It’s more about the simply striking forms that nature so effortlessly presents. Take a look designers, and let me know in the comments if you have any other examples of striking design in nature.