Skip to content

Foodstuff: Dragon Fruit

I saw this at the store yesterday and remembered buying one the last time they appeared which was nearly two years ago. For the life of me, I could recall nothing of the taste, or even whether I liked it or not. I decided to give it another try and share the experience with you… 

The fruit was labeled ‘Dragon Fruit’ at our store and that seems to be a fairly common name but I gather that ‘Pitaya’ or ‘Pitahaya’ is the more botanically correct. In Chinese, the name reflects the name I bought it under. It is 火龍果 (Pinyin: huǒ lóng guǒ), meaning fire dragon fruit. It also seems to be called ‘strawberry pear’ or ‘pinkberry’ in some parts.

The interior, as you can see, is quite dull in contrast to the vibrant outer skin. There are quite a few different varieties however, and some of them have flesh colors varying from pink to quite a deep red. The red-fleshed Costa Rican variety can apparently cause the urine to become red if you eat too much but I gather that the effect is harmless.

Removing the pulp is very easy, You can just ease your fingers in between flesh and the skin and the whole thing pops right out in one piece.

And the Taste?

Biting into the flesh is somewhat like biting into watermelon, except it is just a bit firmer. I would say the consistency lies somewhere between watermelon and ripe cucumber. The taste is quite mild, actually. The closest thing I can compare it to is Kiwi fruit. At first the watery succulence has a very slight hint of under-ripe watermelon and then a citrusy taste dominates through the end. The acidity is about the same as Kiwi, but it is less sweet and the ‘fruity’ taste is more muted. The tiny seeds add a bit of a gritty texture but not in a way that is unpleasant at all.

I ate the sliced flesh just as it came from the fruit. I remember, when I was a child,, that we often used to eat melon with powdered ginger sprinkled on it and I think that would work well here. Cubed, it would go very nicely in a fruit salad and I expect it could be incorporated into a salsa to go with meats. I can’t really see many ways it could be cooked successfully  as I imagine it would just disintegrate into mud very quicklyh. Unfortunately, I ate the only fruit I had at one sitting and until it reappears in the store again, future experimentation will have to wait.

No comments yet

Comments, thoughts or suggestions most welcome...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Meet & Eats

The food that I've had the pleasure of meeting and eating.

Uncle Grumpy's Playroom

Current events, humor, science, religion, satire

Food Travel Lover

走过的地方 尝过的美食 留下的回忆

The Odd Pantry

Essays on food

Reputable Sources

Organizing ferments since 2013

that Other Cooking Blog

. food . photo . sous vide .


My Virtual Cookbook to Share My Love and Joy of Food and Cooking One Recipe at a Time

lola rugula

my journey of cooking, gardening, preserving and more

Yummy Lummy

I cook, photograph and eat food with the occasional restaurant review!

Eye Of the Beholder

A pair of eternally curious eyes and a camera...Life is beautiful.

gluten free zen

Taking The Stress Out Of Gluten-Free Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Living

Clayton's Kitchen

Big flavors and fun cooking from a cubbyhole kitchen

Bunny Eats Design

Happy things, tasty food and good design


Dentist chef, just a dentistry student who practice the dentist's cooking recipes in a dentist's kitchen

Mad Dog TV Dinners

Guess what's coming to dinner?


Real Food & Real Opinions

Bento Days

Making bentos for kids

Garden to Wok

Fresh and tasty!

Bam's Kitchen

Healthy World Cuisine

Trang Quynh

everyone is special in their own way :)

Farm to Table Asian Secrets

Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season


If people say that life is too short to drink bad wine, it means also that life is too short to eat crappy food!

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

The Unorthodox Epicure

Confessions of an Aspiring Food Snob

The 好吃 Challenge

1 girl, 273 days, 100 recipes


a recipe sharing and bento blog


Just another site

The Food Nazi

Never try to eat more than you can lift

Expat Chef in Barcelona

From my kitchen to yours

Keeping Up With the Holsbys

a journey into my head and my pantry

Nurul's Culinary Adventures

I Love Food, the Universe and Everything!!


home-cooking recipes, restaurant reviews, International cuisine ,

Naked Vegan Cooking

Body-positive Vegan Goodness

Bites of Food History

Sharing my Experimental Archaeology of Food

Stefan's Gourmet Blog

Cooking, food, wine


A Journey About Food, Recipes And Destinations


Fresh, exciting and adventurous food journey

One Man's Meat

Multi-award winning food blog, written in Dublin, Ireland.

%d bloggers like this: