Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or strawberry pear, can be a little intimidating at first sight, but its bark is worse than its bite! The scaly outer skin of the dragon fruit, which looks similar to that of a pineapple, is not prickly and very easy to peel. Some say Dragon Fruit was given its name because it looks like the fiery flames coming from a dragon’s mouth!
Dragons might be mythical, but this exotic tropical fruit is the real thing! It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and is regarded as a superfood. It is also low in kilojoules, which makes it even more appealing! See the image below for more details of the health benefits of dragon fruit.
The flesh of the dragon fruit holds its shape well and can be diced, balled or cut into wedges and used in anything from fruit salads and smoothies to sorbet and desserts. The fruit’s texture is sometimes compared to that of the kiwifruit because of its black, crunchy seeds. The flavor profile of the dragon fruit is a cross between a pear and a kiwi and it tastes mildly sweet and juicy. The skin is inedible, but hollowed-out dragon fruit shells makes for interesting serving bowls!
Dragon fruit can be used to prepare many mouth-watering recipes. See the recipes for Dragon Fruit Smoothie, Dragon Fruit & Avo Salsa, Dragon Fruit Popsicles and Fruit Salad Boats. See my post Build Your Own Bowl to see how dragon fruit can be used for colour and texture contrast when preparing a Poke Bowl.
Dragon fruit comes in two colors. Two varieties have red skin, but one has white flesh while the other is red or fuchsia in colour. The other variety has a yellow skin with white flesh. The latter is the smallest and the sweetest of all the dragon fruits.