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Information About Dragon Fruit and How to Eat It

My husband and I both enjoy cooking. We like sampling and discovering new and different foods from all areas of the world.

Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

Eating and Competing

My hubby and I often watch one of the food channels on television, and sometimes we see types of food with which we are unfamiliar. Chopped is one of our favorite programs. It is there that we first heard of dragon fruit.

The contestants open baskets filled with some crazy combinations of foods with which they have to make an appetizer, an entrée, or a dessert using at least a portion of each item found in the basket. Timing is a factor, and the person making the most flavorful and well-presented dish within the time limit wins and moves on to compete in the next round. A panel of judges tastes the dishes and determines the winners.

One person is chopped from the competition each time and no longer competes. The ultimate winner is one out of four original contestants and walks away with a cash prize and bragging rights.

Dragon Fruit

We were shopping in a relatively new grocery store that opened in Houston called Sprouts. I spotted dragon fruits for sale at $4.99 a pound. We decided that it would be fun to buy one to determine its flavor and see if we like it.

Fortunately, a customer in line at the checkout standing behind us advised us what to do with it. She told us to slice the fruit in half and then scoop out the flesh with a spoon and eat it that way. We were grateful for her guidance.

The lady was of Asian descent. She mentioned that the dragon fruit grown in her part of the world tasted sweeter than what we typically acquire here in Houston. Armed with this information, we went home and shared that one dragon fruit the following morning as a part of our breakfast when we often enjoy some fresh fruit.

The taste of the dragon fruit is very mild. It had a texture reminiscent of a soft melon or kiwi berry. It was full of tiny seeds similar in size to a poppy seed but with little flavor. Dragon fruit is not inexpensive. One fruit cost us $2.50, so I know we will not be purchasing them often, but we now know its flavor profile and what to expect if we buy more.

Besides eating it by itself, I can envision this fruit being part of a mixed fruit platter. The colors could amplify other fruits and berries' beauty on a plate, depending upon which type used. We often feast with our eyes before tasting foods.

Real food doesn't have ingredients; real food is ingredients.

— Jamie Oliver

Where Dragon Fruit is Grown

Dragon fruit is grown in warm climates worldwide, ranging from Asian countries to Mexico to South America, Hawaii, and other places. It is known as pitaya or pitahaya in areas where it is grown. Dragon fruit is the English name.

It is the fruit of a cactus, and there are dark red, pink, and yellow varieties. If you wish to know how to grow dragon fruit, the video below will be of help.

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.

— Anthony Bourdain

Nutritional Values of Dragon Fruit

These approximate values are based upon consuming one small white-fleshed dragon fruit. As you can quickly tell from the numbers listed below, it can add proper nutrition to a person's daily diet. The percentage numbers are based upon an average 2,000 calorie diet.

  • 60 Calories
  • 14 Grams of Carbohydrates, approximately 5%
  • 1 Gram Fiber, about 4%
  • 2 Grams Protein, around 4%
  • 0 Cholesterol as there is 0 fat

If you know of other ways to enjoy dragon fruit, please leave your comments below. Thanks!

Dragon fruit is very subtle, very delicate. So you want to be careful not to kill it with things that have very strong flavor.

— Jose Andres

Dragonfruit

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.

— Anthony Bourdain

Sources

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2020:

Hi Aurelio,

I agree with you with regard to the taste of dragon fruit. Thanks for filling in a little background information as to its name.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 07, 2020:

This fruit is quite common in Malaysia, where I go at least once a year. I'm not a big fan of it because to me, it's nearly tasteless. But you might find it interesting to know that it's called "dragon fruit" because it resembles the flaming pearl that every dragon is guarding (at least in Asia).

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 31, 2019:

Hi C E Clark,

I am not sure if dragon fruit is seasonal, but most fruits are, so that might be the case. I hope you get to try one in the new year. Happy 2020 to you. Wishing you many blessings in the year ahead.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 30, 2019:

I could never find any dragon fruit in our grocery stores. Is it a seasonal kind of fruit that's only available at certain times of the year? So I've still not tried it, but this article has me thinking about looking for it again. It really does sound like it would be good, and I love to try new things so long as it doesn't involve animal innards, sea food, French fried turantulas, sugar coated ants, or those sorts of things. :)

I only tried avocados after arriving here in Texas, and I love the Haas avocados.

Posting this article on FB & AH. Trying one of these fruits would be a good New Year's resolution. I usually don't make resolutions, myself. It could end up being one of my favorite things if I could just find one to try.

Hope you have a great 2020. Happy New Year!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2019:

Hi Adrienne,

We also found the dragon fruit to be bland in taste. Perhaps freshly harvested right off of a tree, it is more flavorful? Between the bland taste plus price, we opt to eat other fruits instead, but it was fun trying it.

Adrienne Farricelli on December 30, 2019:

I was given a dragon fruit as a gift and wondering if it's normal that it tastes pretty bland? Maybe it wasn't mature enough? We were all a little bit disappointed because it's such a pretty fruit. We ate in though to reap the benefits of all the nutritional perks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 19, 2019:

Hi Lisa,

Dragon fruit has a very mild flavor. Considering the cost of it (at least where we purchase it) we do prefer spending our money on other fruits, but it was fun to try it. Picking it right off of a tree and eating it fresh might be quite different.

Lisa Bean from Virginia on July 18, 2019:

This fruit is so pretty and unique looking but no one in my family likes it! Ahwell..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2019:

Hi Roberta,

Leave it to Martha Stewart to make a mosaic fruit pie using some dragon fruit. Thanks for sharing the link to her recipe.

RTalloni on March 25, 2019:

Have never bothered to try this fruit out but recently saw a photo of a mosaic fruit pie (link to article below containing photos of this pie) using dragon fruit. The creativity involved piqued my interest and now I've found your informative post. Thanks much!

https://www.marthastewart.com/1531575/loko-kitchen...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2018:

Hi Bronwen,

Hopefully, your dragon fruit plants are pretty even if they do not produce fruit for you. At least you can eat it from other sources. (Smile)

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on August 22, 2018:

I've come back to read this again - I love dragon fruit so much. I still have my plants, and they continue to not produced, so I'm sure this is the wrong climate for them, but with global warming, who knows?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 17, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

I will be curious to see if you like this type of fruit. You are so fortunate to have different types of fruit trees in your own yard.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 17, 2018:

I shall look out for this. A new one on me thank you Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

From what we have tasted of this fruit we are choosing to purchase other types instead. It does not have that pronounced a flavor. Perhaps picked off of a tree and fresh...that might be different. Obviously all of the ones here are shipped in to us. At least we have tried it!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 15, 2018:

This fruit intrigues me every time I see it at Publix when I am doing weekly shopping. The other day I was with my Jay--my eldest grandson--and he asked if I wanted one. I told him not on that shopping trip and made up my mind to come back and reread this article of yours so I could decide if I DO want to try it. And here I am reading again and yes--the next trip I am going to bring one home and give it a try. Thanks again for filling in even more empty spaces in my head bone. Angels are headed to you today no doubt. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 11, 2018:

Hi Nyesha Pagnou MPH,

I am starting to see dragon fruit in more grocery stores and not just the Oriental markets. Obviously more people must be discovering it and purchasing it. My husband and I even saw a package of dried dragon fruit in Costco the other day.

When you tried it did you like it and purchase it again?

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on June 11, 2018:

Hi Peggy, How adventurous of you to buy the fruit to see what it tastes like. :) I also tried dragon fruit for the very first time just about two years ago. Thanks for this interesting hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2017:

Hi Peg,

I think that you would like visiting the store Sprouts. That is not the primary place that we shop but do stop in occasionally. Nice to have such a variety of stores available to us. Am sure you do also living in the Dallas area.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 18, 2017:

What a strange looking and interesting fruit. I've never tasted one. I've been curious about the store, Sprouts, but haven't shopped there. Guess I need to explore a bit more.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 27, 2017:

Hi Jill,

Given the price of Dragon Fruit I am glad that we tasted it but I know that we prefer other fruits to eat on an everyday basis. It is a very mild flavor.

Jill Spencer from United States on November 26, 2017:

I've seen this fruit in cooking challenges, too. It's absolutely beautiful in pictures. If I ever see it at the grocery store, I'm going to have to try it too. Did you like it?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2017:

Hi Dale,

I can understand why you might have thought that your uncle was kidding. The name alone would have undoubtedly inspired some doubt in your mind. Dragon Fruit certainly has a peculiar name.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 03, 2017:

I remember when I first heard about this fruit. I was about 12 years old and I thought my uncle was putting me on (that's Aussie for kidding around). He had just come back from vacation and described it to me but I half didn't believe him. It wasn't until many years later that I actually saw the fruit that I realized he was telling me the gospel truth.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2017:

Hi Cynthia,

Nice that you got to try a Dragon Fruit for free. I agree that it is nice and refreshing but given the cost verses other types of fruit it is not something that we have purchased again.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 30, 2017:

Hi there.. interesting article about the Dragon Fruit! I recently won one at my weight management group and ate it. It is light and refreshing, but not something I would stock in our fridge. Have you bought it a second time? I notice that Walmart carries them. I see online that it makes a pretty salad with blueberries and strawberries, with the dragon fruit cut out in melon balls.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2017:

Hi Rajan,

Dragon fruit does not grow where we live either but we do get to see it in stores. It definitely has a mild flavor.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2017:

We do not get this fruit in India. I tasted Dragon fruit for the first time when I visited China a few years back. I just loved it's mild taste & flavor.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2017:

Hi Eileen,

We saw some different colored ones in the store yesterday and they are pricey. Hope your friend is having luck growing and selling them.

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on May 26, 2017:

I have heard of them, in fact a friend told me that she was going to grow them as they sell well and thinks she can make a lot of money doing so. I wondered but wished her luck. So far have not heard how she got on with her new venture.

They certainly look like a different type of fruit that we are used to eating. Thanks for the info, always good to learn something new.

DREAM ON on March 04, 2017:

After reading your hub I am looking forward to trying dragon fruit. I like melon and cantaloupe so I think I will like this. Have a beautiful Saturday.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2016:

Hi ChristyWrites,

I guess we both learn a lot by watching the various food channel shows. Nice that you also tried dragon fruit. The taste certainly is mild.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on September 28, 2016:

I had dragon fruit once and it was milder than I had imagined, considering the bright appearance. I enjoyed trying it for the first time. Like you, I also watch the Food Network and find it so interesting to learn about new foods. Thanks for the great hub, Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2016:

Hi Thelma,

I am happy that reading this hub made you aware of how to eat dragon fruit. I loved seeing the open air market in Freiburg, Germany when I visited there years ago. My friend lives in Herrenburg and we toured southern Germany with a trip into Switzerland to see the Matterhorn on my visit there. Such a beautiful country!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2016:

Hi Glenis Rix,

It is expensive here also. Glad I tried it but we will no longer be doing so. Dragon fruit is undoubtedly different if able to pick it off a tree and eat it fresh. That would be fun to try and see the difference from those shipped from far away places.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 18, 2016:

I have seen dragon fruit in our open air market but I have not tried it yet. Now, I know what to do with it and how to eat it? Thanks for the information in this hub.

Glen Rix from UK on August 17, 2016:

I've occasionally spotted dragon fruit in my local supermarket but never tried it. Very expensive for something that you say hasn't much flavour. The nutritional content doesn't look very impressive either. Thanks for the info - I will keep my money in my purse.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2016:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

I hope you can find dragon fruit where you live so that you can give it a try. Thanks for letting me know you liked this hub.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 25, 2016:

Thanks for sharing all the interesting information about this unique fruit!

I have never seen or eaten this earlier but now I would like to find it.

Your hub is so well presented with all the necessary details.

Thanks for the education!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2016:

Hello Sanjay,

I have not heard of the fruit you mentioned...that of mamey. Will have to look that one up and see if it is offered in any of our markets here in Houston. Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment.

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on July 15, 2016:

I have not seen this strange fruit earlier. Another fruit about which I learnt recently is Mamey which is found in Central America. Thanks for sharing the information.

Robert Sacchi on July 10, 2016:

Will do.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Let me know what you think of it if you actually purchase and eat one. :)

Robert Sacchi on July 01, 2016:

I'll keep that in mind.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2016:

Hi Robert,

To really taste it and know the flavor you would have to try and find an actual dragon fruit and eat it.

Hi Audrey,

Let me know what you think of it if you eat one. It is fun trying new and different things from which we are accustomed to eating. :)

Audrey Howitt from California on June 28, 2016:

I have never tried this fruit before--this would be an adventure for me

Robert Sacchi on June 27, 2016:

You're probably right about that. I know often times there are fruit juices that have only a small percentage of the actual juice.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2016:

Hi Robert,

If it was mixed in with other fruit flavors all you probably derived from drinking it was the sweetness.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2016:

Hi Patricia,

Will be eager to find out what you think of eating dragon fruit when you get a chance. Fun to explore tasting new things! Thanks for asking about the floods here in Houston. We have escaped damage so far but some friends of ours have not. It is terrible having 2 to 3 feet of water in one's home! It ruins just about everything! Many new roofs going on in our subdivision due to hail but a roofer we consulted says ours is still OK. Hope all is well with you. Blessings to you and your family.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2016:

Hi Genna,

Now you can keep an eye out for them in your grocery stores if they are shipped up where you live. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2016:

Hi Frank,

It is tasty but given the cost we will not often indulge in eating it verses other types of fruit.

Robert Sacchi on June 18, 2016:

Thank you. So this is dragon fruit. I first saw it as a flavor in one of these fruit drinks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2016:

Hi peachpurple,

Perhaps the name scares kids as well. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2016:

Hi Susie,

Hope you find some so that you are able to taste it. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2016:

Hi Dianna,

Hope you can find it where you live so that you can try it to see if you enjoy it. I know we would not find it here in our local farmer's markets because they are not grown here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2016:

Hi BlossomSB,

They must really be sensitive to growing in just the perfect climate. Too bad yours will not put out buds and produce the dragon fruit for you especially because you like eating them so much. I would like to eat one fresh off of a tree someday. I am sure it makes quite a difference in taste and texture. The ones sold in grocery stores here are who knows how old?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 14, 2016:

Hi norlawrence,

Glad I could be of help. At least you know know what dragon fruit looks like! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 14, 2016:

Hi Jackie,

Sounds like you had a lot of fun sharing new fruit discoveries with your dad when he was alive. You will carry that fun memory with you now. :) Thanks for the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 14, 2016:

Hi Au fait,

Glad that reading this made you curious to purchase one and give it a try. Appreciate the shares. It is HOT, HOT, HOT down here right now with "feel like" temperatures approaching 110 F. Glad our AC works!!! Stay cool up there in your part of the state.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2016:

Hi Kaili,

If you decide to try one, let me know your impressions of it. OK?

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 13, 2016:

O I am so glad that I saw this. I have seen them and even picked them up but had no idea what to do with them. So now I know. And like you, I will give them a try ...curiosity killed the cat and all :D

Hoping all is good with you and that you have been out of harm's way with all of the flooding.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 11, 2016:

I've never heard of this fruit before, but it looks delicious -- as soon as we get beyond its rather intimidating skin-cover. I can see how it got its name. Thanks for the interesting hub, Peg. :-)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 11, 2016:

wow that fruit does look like a dragon LOL.. I bet it is tasty

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 10, 2016:

dragon fruit is nice and sweet but the outlook scares any kids off !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2016:

Hi Linda,

I hope you do get to taste a good dragon fruit at some time. Depending upon where it comes from and how fresh it is might make quite a difference in the flavor and taste.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on June 09, 2016:

Thank you for introducing me to Dragons Fruit, Peggy. I hope to try it some time, you got me curious so I'll be looking for it.

Dianna Mendez on June 09, 2016:

I am going to see if this is even available here at the local farmer's market. Thanks for the education on this fruit.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on June 08, 2016:

Having lived in Queensland where they are easily grown, I love them, but they're so expensive down here in a cooler climate. I've been trying to grow on for about four years. The plant grows, but does not produce buds. Sad.

Norma Lawrence from California on June 07, 2016:

Another great share. I have heard of it but have never seen it in person.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 07, 2016:

It is fun trying new fruits, I like to do that too and when my dad was alive that is what I would buy him as gifts because he was hard to buy for and this was something he had a lot of fun with.

I haven't tried this but will if I see it and will remember how to eat it.

Thanks!

Sharing

C E Clark from North Texas on June 07, 2016:

I've probably seen these fruits at the grocery store and not realized it. They do look interesting and the fuchsia colored ones in the video are beautiful. Now I'm going to have to find some and try them! Sharing this very informative hub with followers and pinned to Awesome HubPages.

91 degrees here today and still rising. The rain has stopped. Hope you are in a cool place and that all is well . . .

Kaili Bisson from Canada on June 07, 2016:

Hi Peggy,

I see these all the time in the stores here, but have never tried one...you have given me courage! :-)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 07, 2016:

I'd like to try a dragon fruit, too. Thanks for sharing the information about it. It's a shame that the sweeter type that the lady in the store mentioned wasn't available. I'm eager to see what the ones in my area taste like.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 07, 2016:

Hi Bill,

Whatever it takes to delve into new taste adventures is OK. Ha! The appearance of food definitely influences people.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 07, 2016:

I'm not much for eating adventure, but how could anything so pretty taste bad? How's that for logic and an excuse to eat something new? LOL

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 07, 2016:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

It is fun trying new things. Sometimes we like them and sometimes not...but at least we then know. Hope you get the chance to taste dragon fruit someday.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 07, 2016:

I've never eaten one but have heard of them. I'd love to try!

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