In this article, we're discussing dragon fruit. We'll describe the taste and texture, and we'll also answer your top questions about how to eat it and use it in your recipes.
Let's get started...
What Does Dragon Fruit Taste Like?
The breathtaking fuchsia or sun yellow dragon fruit (also called a "pitaya") is said to taste something like a blend of a host of fruits, including kiwi, pear, raspberry and watermelon.
The flavor of dragon fruit is quite mild—so mild, in fact, that many people feel that it's a bit bland, but it tends toward the sweeter side (not tart or bitter).
Dragon Fruit Texture
The inside of the dragon fruit (the part you eat) looks a lot like a kiwi and resembles the firm yet soft texture of a pear. The black seeds dotting the flesh are soft like the seeds of a kiwi.
The flesh of this fruit is delicately crisp and full of moisture. It's not as juicy as a watermelon, but it's definitely as juicy as a ripe pear.
Can You Eat Dragon Fruit Raw?
Like most fruits that we commonly eat, dragon fruit can be eaten in its raw state. Simply slice it open, spoon out the pulp and enjoy.
Some of the best ways to have dragon fruit are in a tropical fruit salad, a smoothie or a raw vegan pudding as the the texture turns creamy when blended.
Is Dragon Fruit Better Cold?
Unlike many other fruits, dragon fruit is frequently eaten at different temperatures. Some people prefer it at room temperature while others like it cold from the fridge.
Advocates of the chilled fruit say that the flavor is improved by the chilling process while those who prefer it at room temperature love the soft, smooth texture. Try it both ways to find out which one you like best.
How Do You Know When Dragon Fruit Goes Bad?
Observing a dragon fruit from the outside, you can see when it goes bad when it starts to develop many discolored patches on the skin. However, the "wings" turning brown is a sign of ripeness.
The stem will also begin to look a bit dehydrated when the fruit is overripe. You can also tell when it's gone bad if you cut into it and the pulp is browning.
Dragon Fruit Serving Tips
Thinking about trying dragon fruit in some recipes? Watch these videos to see what you can make with the gorgeous tropical fruit.
How would you like to taste a dragon fruit soda? All you need for this are these ingredients:
- Dragon fruit
- Coconut kefir
- Stevia or vegan sweetener of your choice
Smoothie bowls are huge right now, and dragon fruit is the star of this one. Just use agave or a vegan sweetener you like instead of honey (an animal byproduct), which is used in this video. Here's what you need for this breakfast:
- Frozen dragon fruit
- Frozen bananas
- Frozen berries
- Frozen mango
- Vegan milk
- Vegan granola
- Cacao nibs
- Any fruits, nuts and seeds you like for toppings
Dragon fruit wraps the flavors of fruits like pear, kiwi and watermelon into one very mild, sweet flavor profile. It can be eaten at room temperature or chilled in the refrigerator, but try adding it to your smoothie bowl for a stunning breakfast.