Learn how to cut a Dragon Fruit with this step-by-step guide. The colorful flesh of this fruit can be eaten plain, used for cocktails, or made into a sorbet.
If you’re lucky enough to spot a Dragon Fruit at your local market, make sure to pick it up! The fruit has an alluring pink exterior with green and magenta leaves that look like scales of a dragon.
How to Cut a Dragon
Cutting a Dragon Fruit is very simple and will only take you a couple minutes.
Step 1: Cut the fruit in half. Place your fruit on a cutting board on its side. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut through the fruit from the tip to the stem, lengthwise.
Then, use a large spoon to scoop out the flesh of the fruit and place the fruit facedown.
Use your chef’s knife again and cut the Dragon Fruit into slices or cubes, or any other shape that you would like.
How to Use Dragon Fruit
The best part of picking up a fresh Dragon Fruit is that you are able to use it so many different ways!
You can also use the peel of the fruit for decoration or serving.
Make a fresh Dragon Fruit Mojito.
If you can’t use or eat all your Dragon Fruit at once, make a Dragon Fruit Sorbet instead.
Storing Dragon Fruit
You can store the whole dragon fruit at room temperature on the counter. If it’s underripe, give it a couple days to ripen up. It will ripen quickly if placed in the sun.
After cutting the fruit open and slicing it, place the cut fruit in an airtight container and store in the fridge, for up to 3 days.
Dragon fruit also freezes well. If you need to cut the fruit before it becomes overripe, you can freeze the pieces for up to 4 months in an airtight container.
Nutritional Benefits of Dragon Fruit
This fruit is a good source of fiber, magnesium and potassium. The colorful pigment of Pitaya also deliver vitamin C, betalains, lycopene, and beta-carotene to help heal and prevent cellular damage.
Common Questions about Dragon Fruit
How many kinds of Dragon Fruit are there?
There is about 25 varieties of Dragon Fruit, but you will mainly see two varieties at your local supermarket. There is a white-fleshed fruit and a purple or pink Dragon Fruit. The purple Dragon Fruit is also called “Pitaya” to distinguish it from the white-flesh fruit.
Does Dragon Fruit stain?
The pink Dragon Fruit variety, pitaya, will stain! If you are able to wash out the dye of the fruit quickly with cold water and soap, you should be able to get the stain out. After cutting the Dragon Fruit, you will likely have stained fingers for a day or two.