Dragon bowl (smoothie bowl)
When you think of Appalachian foods, you might conjure up hearty but humble meals of greens, cornbread and salt pork—not dragon fruit. But over the last decade, chefs in southwest Virginia have been quietly redefining the region’s cuisine, focusing on fresh flavors, locally sourced ingredients and unique preparations.
The mountain town of Abingdon is known for its artsy vibe, quaint charm and its proximity to some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation in the state. The downtown historical district features a thriving culinary scene with more restaurants per capita than New York City.
This recipe is courtesy of White Birch Food & Juice in Abingdon. In addition to smoothies and juices on the menu, you’ll find pasture-raised eggs and meats, and local fruits and veggies from the Abingdon Farmers Market.
This bowl is packed with antioxidants and omegas for healthy brain function and is a great immune system boost.
½ cup frozen pitaya (dragon fruit)
¼ cup pineapple
1 teaspoon flax oil
2 ounces almond milk
2 ounces orange juice
Mix in a blender until a thick smoothie forms. In a bowl, put ¼ cup homemade granola on the bottom, then fill with smoothie. To finish, top with blueberries, pineapple, coconut flakes, another ¼ cup granola and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!
Top photo by Abingdon Virginia CVB