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What is Dragon Fruit & How to Eat It?

Updated on August 4, 2017
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My husband and I are what could be called "foodies." We enjoy sampling and discovering new and different foods from all areas of the world.

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 who is one person out of four original contestants walks away with a cash prize and bragging rights.

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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.

Interior view of dragonfruit.
Interior view of dragonfruit. | Source

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.

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.

See what a dragon fruit plantation looks like here:

Nutritional Values of DragonFruit

These approximate values are based upon consuming 1 small white fleshed dragon fruit. As you can easily tell from the numbers listed below, it can add good 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, approximately 4%
  • 2 Grams Protein, approximately 4%
  • 0 Cholesterol as there is 0 fat

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

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If you cannot find this fruit in your local stores or markets, you can always order them online.

 

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 weeks ago from Victoria, Australia

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Ethel Smith 

      5 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 months ago from sunny Florida

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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?

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      3 months ago from USA

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peg Cole 

      9 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Jill Spencer 

      10 months ago from United States

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Dale Anderson 

      12 months ago from The High Seas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Cynthia 

      14 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      16 months ago from Northam Western Australia

      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.

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      DREAM ON 

      19 months ago

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Christy Birmingham 

      24 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!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 

      2 years 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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      GlenR 

      2 years ago from UK

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      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.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Will do.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

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

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      I'll keep that in mind.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

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

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Genna,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

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

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      Perhaps the name scares kids as well. :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi norlawrence,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kaili,

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

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      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

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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. :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

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

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      peachy 

      2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Susie Lehto 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

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

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      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.

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      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

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

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      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

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      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 . . .

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      Kaili Bisson 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Hi Peggy,

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

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

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

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

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

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