Lately, I have been obsessed with eating dragon fruit and I realize not many people know what drag fruit is so I decided to share some info with you.
Dragon fruit or known as pitaya is a beautiful and exotic looking fruit that has many health benefits! Great for skin, cardiovascular, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, helps with stomach ailments and helps in weight management.
Dragon fruits have red or yellow skin with purple or white inside but always the beginnings of overlaid leaves, similar to an artichoke. If you never had an dragon fruit before, the flavor is mildly tangy and sweet and sometimes sour. It also delivers a crunchy texture like eating chia seed or a kiwi.
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Dragon fruit can be found year-round, though the season peaks in summer and lasts into early autumn.
To choose a ripe dragon fruit, look for bright, even-colored skin. A few blemishes on the skin are normal, but if the fruit has a lot of blotches, it may be over-ripe. Hold the dragon fruit in your palm and try pressing the skin with your thumb or fingers. It should give a little, but shouldn’t be too soft or mushy. If it’s very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days.
Don’t cut your dragon fruit until you’re ready to eat it. Once cut, it needs to be refrigerated in a tightly sealed container. This fruit can pick up the flavors and odors of other food, so the protection is necessary. It can remain fresh for a day, possibly a little longer, depending on how ripe it is. Once the flesh begins to turn brown and get mushy, it’s time to toss it.
Ripe dragon fruit can sit on the counter for a few days. To store it longer, place the fruit in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator.
You can slice the dragon fruit in half like any other melon. You can then slice the flesh like a watermelon. Or if you have a melon baller, you can scoop it out into little fun balls.
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You can enjoy eating it as is or make something with it. Dragon fruits are a wonderful addition to a fresh fruit salad, fruit salsa, smoothie, juice or a smoothie bowl with a tropical Thai twist.
Dragon fruit pairs perfectly with fish dishes, particularly cod, tuna, and mahi-mahi.