What is Dragon Fruit & How to Eat It?

Adventure in Eating

My hubby and I often watch one of the food channels on television and sometimes we see types of food of which we are unfamiliar.

Chopped is one of our favorite programs in which the contestants open baskets filled with some crazy combinations of things with which they have to make an appetizer, an entrée or a dessert using at least a portion of each thing found in the basket.

They are also timed and the people making the most flavorful and well presented dish within the time limit wins and moves on to competing in the next round. One person is chopped from the competition and no longer competes.

The ultimate winner…one person out of four original contestants…walks away with a cash prize and bragging rights.

Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit
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Interior view of sliced dragonfruit

Interior view of sliced dragonfruit
Interior view of sliced dragonfruit | Source

Fresh Seasonal Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Whether we saw dragon fruit on Chopped or another television cooking program does not matter. Suffice it to say we had both heard of this fruit but had never purchased nor tasted it.

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

Fortunately there was a customer in line at the checkout stand behind us that advised us what to do with it. She told us that what she does is to slice the fruit in half and simply scoop out the flesh with a spoon and eat it that way. We were grateful for her advice. The lady was of Asian descent and mentioned that the ones grown in her part of the world tasted sweeter.

Armed with this information we went home and shared that one dragon fruit the next 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. This one fruit cost us $2.50 so I know we will not be purchasing them often but at least we have now been introduced to its flavor.

How to Pick and Eat a Dragon Fruit

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Regions where Dragon Fruit is Grown

Dragon fruit is grown in warm climates around the world ranging from Asian countries to Mexico to South America, Hawaii and other places.

It is the fruit of a cactus and there are dark red, pink and yellow varieties.

You can learn more about dragon fruit here.

If you wish to know how to grow a dragon fruit the video below will be of help.

Hot to grow a Dragon Fruit Tree 101

See what a dragon fruit plantation looks like here:

Dragon Fruit Production and Growing Tips

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

White Fleshed Dragon Fruit

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: One small
Calories 60
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Peggy W 2 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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.


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ChristyWrites 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

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!


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Peggy W 3 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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!


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Peggy W 3 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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.


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Thelma Alberts 3 months ago from Germany

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.


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