Dragon Fuit FAQs
Not sure how to eat dragon fruit? Wondering what dragon fruit tastes like or how to store it? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve answered these and many other questions about this mythically-named fruit!
What Is Dragon Fruit
Growing on a vining cactus, called Hylocereus undatus, dragon fruit is considered a nutritious culinary fruit and grows during the summer in June through September. These flashy fruits grow natively in Mexico, Central America and South America. Today, dragon fruit is cultivated globally in tropical climates, primarily in Southeast Asia and the United States.
What Color Is Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is bright, pinkish red with green spikes outside. Inside, dragon fruit it has tiny black seeds suspended in the white flesh.
How To Tell If Dragon Fruit Is Ripe
Want to know how to tell when your dragon fruit is ripe and ready? Ripe dragon fruit will have a smooth, pinkish- red peel with green pies and few to no blemishes. The ripe fruit will feel heavy for its size in your hand, and yield slightly when you apply gentle pressure with your thumb.
How To Prepare Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is easy to slice and use in all kinds of snacks, meals and drinks.
To prepare a dragon fruit, slice the fruit in half lengthwise. Like an avocado, you can shimmy a spoon between the skin and flesh to gently release the fruit from its peel. Then, slice the dragon fruit into bite-sized pieces and serve it in the peel for an impressive, zero-waste snack!
With a melon baller, you can carefully scoop out perfect circles of dragon fruit to add to fruit salads or desserts.
Dragon fruit adds a light touch of sweetness and crunch (and omega-3s) to smoothies.
Grill skewered cubes of dragon fruit to enjoy their caramelized sweetness at your next barbeque!
How To Cut And Peel Dragon Fruit
Here’s how to easily slice a dragon fruit.
Using a sharp knife, simply cut the dragon fruit in half lengthwise. Like an avocado, you can shimmy a spoon between the skin and flesh to gently release the fruit from its peel. Discard the inedible peel, cut the fruit into cubes and enjoy!
Nutrition Of Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is often called a superfruit because of its nutritional benefits. These beauties are packed with fiber, vitamin C and B vitamins, and antioxidants. Here is the nutrition information for about one dragon fruit (about 3.5 ounces, or 100 grams).
- Calories: 60
- Protein: 1.2 grams
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbs: 13 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Vitamin C: 3% of the RDI
- Iron: 4% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
What Does Dragon Fruit Smell Like, Taste Like
Dragon fruit has a very light fruity and floral fragrance. The flavor of dragon fruit is subtly sweet and tropical with kiwi-meets-pear texture. Dragon fruit has tiny, edible seeds suspended in the white fruit giving it a fun, satisfying crunch.
How To Store Dragon Fruit
The Countertop: Dragon fruit can be stored on your countertop to ripen for about two or three days. Do not cut into your dragon fruit until you’re ready to eat them.
Refrigerated: Refrigerating unripened dragon fruit will slow down the ripening process, so it’s best to wait until they’re ripe. Once ripe, wrap and refrigerate your dragon fruit to keep them fresh for up to two weeks. Leftovers can be placed in a sealed container and refrigerated for up to two days.
Frozen: Freezing dragon fruit is a great option if you want to keep these delicious fruits longer. Remove the dragon fruit from its peel and cut into cubes. For easier use later, freeze dragon fruit cubes on a tray so that they don’t clump together. Smoothie fans, rejoice!
Can Dogs Eat Dragon Fruit
Yes, dogs can eat dragon fruit! Dragon fruit is considered to be non toxic to dogs. However, don’t offer your pooch the peel of dragon fruit because it is inedible and could be uncomfortable to digest.
Does Dragon Fruit Stain
If you get a dragon fruit stain on your clothing, table cloth or napkins, first treat the spot with a stain remover that’s safe for your fabric. Run it under cold water to prevent it from setting and wash the item as soon as you can.
Will I Like Dragon Fruit
If you like lychee, pear, or kiwi, dragon fruit may just be your new favorite fruit.
How To Get Dragon Fruit Smells Out Of Your House
While ripe dragon fruit is known for having very little fragrance, the beautiful rind may take on odors from your refrigerator if stored improperly. To prevent your dragon fruit from taking on any fridge smell, simply cover it using your favorite food wrap before refrigerating.