Frieda's Specialty Produce - Dragon Fruit

Overview

What is a Dragon Fruit?

  • Dragon Fruit, also known as Pitaya, is a beautiful tropical fruit in the cactus family. There are many different kinds of dragon fruits with a variety of shapes, sizes, colors inside and out, and flavor profiles. The most recognizable variety is the pink fruit with white or bright magenta flesh speckled with edible seeds. Although it is the fruit of a cactus, it does not have any spines or needles on the outer skin (unlike its cousin, the Cactus Pear).
  • The white flesh dragon fruit is mild with a slight earthy flavor. The red flesh one is a little sweeter and more flavorful. The texture is often compared to kiwifruit.

How to Eat

  • Peel and enjoy alone, or add to salsa, fruit salads, smoothies, or cocktails. The mild flavor also pairs well with stronger flavors like pineapples and strawberries. Can also be used as a garnish for cocktails or decoration.

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Health Benefits

  • Excellent source of vitamin C.
  • A low-FODMAP fruit.

How to Choose

  • Dragon fruits you find at your supermarket are ready to eat! Select bruise-free fruits. (Some scarring is normal.)
  • Choose firm fruit.
  • Green tips on red dragon fruit may look discolored but that’s normal.

How to Store

  • Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

When are they in season?

  • White flesh fruits are in season year round. Red Dragon Fruit are available from June through October.

Where are they grown?

  • White flesh fruits are grown in the U.S.A and Vietnam. Red Dragon Fruits are grown in Nicaragua and Vietnam.

Recipes

Hatch Chile Dragon Fruit Salsa

Hatch Chile Dragon Fruit Salsa ingredients 1 to 2 roasted Frieda’s Hatch Chiles, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped, to taste 1-2 Dragon Fruit (red or white), peeled and cut into cubes (about 2 cups) 1/4 cup diced shallots 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

Red Dragon Fruit Popsicle

Red dragon fruit, coconut water, and strawberries combined perfectly in this brilliantly colored all-natural ice popsicle. Sweet, tangy, and refreshing! Red Dragon Fruit Popsicles Ingredients 1 1/2 cups cubed red dragon fruit (1-2 fruits) 1 cup roughly chopped strawberries 2-4 … Continue reading

Dragon Fruit Mojito

Dragon Fruit Mojito A perfect balance of flavors–earthy red dragon fruit, tangy key lime, sweet rum, and fresh mint–this pink effervescent cocktail will be the talk of your party. Ingredients 6-8 mint leaves 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 cup dragon fruit, … Continue reading

Dragon Fruit Habanero Salsa

Dragon Fruit Habanero Salsa Ingredients 1 to 2 Dragon Fruit (white, red, or both), peeled and cut into small cubes (about 2 cups) 1 cup small cubes of Baby Pineapple or regular pineapple 1 small Shallot, peeled and finely chopped … Continue reading

Grilled Tropical Fruit Kebabs

Grilled Tropical Fruit Kebabs Exotic fruits get caramelized then drizzled with a zesty key lime-honey sauce for a sticky-sweet summer treat. Ingredients 1 pint cape gooseberries* (24 berries), husk removed and rinsed well (or 24 fresh lychee and/or rambutan, peeled … Continue reading

Dragon Fruit Salsa

Dragon Fruit Salsa Ingredients 1 to 2 Dragon Fruit (white, red, or both), peeled and cubed (about 1 cup) 1 green onion, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Cilantro 1 tablespoon lime juice Salt to taste 1 Jalapeno Chile, seeded and … Continue reading

Dragon Colada

Dragon Colada Original recipe and photo by Ellen Bannink at In My Red Kitchen Ingredients 3 ounces pureed Dragon Fruit 4 to 6 ice cubes, crushed 1 ounce white rum 1 ounce coconut milk Steps Slice dragon fruit in half … Continue reading

Dragon Fruit Salad

Dragon Fruit Salad Ingredients: 1 Frieda’s Dragon Fruit, chilled 1 cup chopped fresh fruit of choice 1 cup torn lettuce leaves (optional) 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced (optional) 1 tablespoon honey Steps: Cut Dragon Fruit in half. Gently … Continue reading

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