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What is Dragon Fruit & How to Eat It?

Updated on March 4, 2017
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My husband & I are what could be called "foodies." We enjoy sampling & discovering new & 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…one person out of four original contestants…walks away with a cash prize and bragging rights.

Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit
Dragonfruit | Source
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.

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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.

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!

© 2016 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 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.

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      Peggy Woods 7 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 8 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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