What Does Dragon Fruit Taste Like?

If you are like most people we talk to you have never tried Dragon fruit.  That’s okay your not alone.  Dragon fruit or sometimes called pitaya is a firm and brightly colored reddish with green leave like pieces that are attached to the outside of the fruit.   Once you get past the bright colors and odd look you be asking yourself what does dragon fruit taste like?  Well, let’s take a look at what you can aspect when you cut one of these unique fruits open. 

So, what does Dragon Fruit taste like?  Dragon fruit has a mild flavor that is similar to that of a kiwi.  It has some sweetness to it but not much.  When you cut it open the flesh is white with black tiny seeds that can be eaten.   The flash can be scooped out with a spoon and eaten straight away or you can even add lemon or salt to eat if you like.

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What are Dragon fruits?

Dragon fruit also goes by the name strawberry pear, or pitaya and is a tropical fruit with a  white sweet and crunchy texture flesh.  The fruit itself is from a type of cactus that includes around 20 different species.  This particular type of fruit is grown all over the world and has become much more popular.

The dragon fruit is an oval-shaped fruit that comes into four varieties. 

What variety of dragon fruits are there?

The dragon fruit is an oval-shaped fruit that comes into four varieties and comes from a cactus.  They are:

Three of these fruits come in a pink colored skin with three different inside flesh colors.  white flesh, purple flesh, and red flesh.  The fourth type of dragon fruit has yellow skin and white flesh.  Every single species has very small back seats that are edible.  

Dragon fruit types

What do dragon fruit taste like?

Dragon fruit has a very slight sweet taste as they are ripe.  Many people explain that the taste of dragon fruit can be compared to that of a kiwi and either a watermelon or a pair.  It is a very mild flavor and the texture is very similar again to a kiwi.

Nutrition information of a dragon fruit

dragon fruits have a good amount of vitamins and minerals and are considered to be good for you.  The below data is based on the amount per serving: 100g

 % Daily Value
Total Fat 0.38%1%
Saturated Fat 0.51g3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.166g-
Monounsaturated Fat 0.066g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Potassium 192mg 2g5%
Sodium 2mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g4%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1.1 g2%

How to select dragon fruit for the best taste

how to pic a dragon fruit

so, you have decided you’re going to try a dragon fruit but you are not sure how to go about picking the best tasting one.  That’s okay here is what to look for when picking up a dragon fruit on your next trip to the grocery store. 

The below can be used for all types of fruits and vegetables like turnips and other root vegetables. 

The first thing is to visually look at the fruit.  Look for the colors to be very bright and even colored with no brown marks on the skin.

Check the stem.  A way to determine if the dragon fruit is too ripe is if the stem is dry and shriveled.  If so it’s over ripped. 

Now that you found a great looking dragon fruit with no imperfections on its skin feel it.  if it’s very hard that’s okay you can let it stand for a few days until its flesh gives a little when you press it.  

How to cut a dragon fruit to taste and eat it

You found the perfect dragon fruit and now you want to open it up and taste it.  It’s super easy.  here is how to eat a dragon fruit. 

simply slice the dragon fruit in half.  The flesh will either be red or white depending on the variety you have purchased.

Next, take a spoon and scoop out the flesh.  Do not consume the skin and it should be removed if you accidentally scoop some out.   

the last step is to cut the flesh into bite-size cubes or eat it right off the spoon as you scoop it out.

You could add these cubes into fruit salads, or even regular leaf salads as well.

You can also freeze these slices and use them at a later date.  We explain that in our related questions below. 

Dragon fruit as a drink

You can also use dragon fruit as a drink.  in-fact you may have seen a dragon fruit drink at places like start bucks.  Other types of drinks are also made using dragon fruit.

Yummly.com has a great drink made from dragon fruit and vodka

Related questions

Is dragon fruit good for you?  There are health benefits to dragon fruit.   It is high in vitamins and minerals.  It has vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, and magnesium.

Where does dragon fruit grow?  Dragon fruits come from the cactus plant and are unique because they are one of the largest flowers in the world. What makes them so special is they only bloom for one night before the flower falls.

Do they make dragon fruit powder?  Yes.  You can purchase Pitaya powder from a lot of major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and eBay.  These can be used in shakes or mixed with water. 

Can dragon fruit be frozen?  Yes.  The best way to do this is to cut the dragon fruit into slices or cubes and then freeze separately before transferring them into a ziplock freezer back.  If you just throw fresh-cut dragon fruit into a freezer bag and freeze them they will freeze into one large piece.

Where does dragon fruit grow? Dragon fruit is grown in Southeast Asia, Florida, Southern California, the Caribbean, Australia, and through the subtropical regions of the world 

Our final thoughts on Dragon fruit taste

Dragon fruit is a unique and versatile fruit that should be tried.  It can be eaten directly out of the skin with a spoon or cut up and put into a fruit salad.  

The mildly sweet flavor makes it an excellent fruit on its own or in a drink.  We suggest you give it try for yourself.  let us know if you try them and how you like them in our comment below. 

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