Dragon fruit (Pitaya) is part of the cactus family, and has sweet, kiwi-like flesh. Dragon fruit is quite exotic for our latitudes and if your grocery store does not carry it, usually you can find this bright red skinned fruit, very rich in vitamins B and C as well as fiber, at your nearest Asian market. You can easily check if fruit is ripe by pressing on it, just like you’d choose ripe avocado, kiwi or peach. If it’s too soft that means it is overripe and the texture will not be as good. If it is too hard, you can still buy your dragon fruit but let it stay in cool dry place for few days to fully ripen. Any dry brown spots or dry spines on dragon fruit leathery skin are a sign to avoid it.
There are more ideas what to do with dragon fruit:
Dragon Fruit Jelly Mooncake
Dragon Fruit Martini
Pomegranate-Dragon Fruit Sorbet
Dragon Fruit Jam
Serves: 2 (perfect for romantic breakfast)
- 1 Dragon Fruit
- 1 lime
- fresh mint
Cut the fruit in half to find soft white tasty flesh sprinkled with tiny black seeds.
Use spoon to scoop the flesh off the skin as you’d do with avocado. If dragon fruit is ripe, flesh would easily separate from the skin and it can be diced into small chunks before serving.
Best served chilled, in fancy glass with lime juice and fresh mint.