Frieda's Specialty Produce - Red Dragon Fruit - Pitaya


What is a Red Dragon Fruit?

  • Red Dragon Fruit, also known as Pitaya, is a beautiful tropical fruit in the cactus family with bright magenta flesh speckled with small, edible seeds. In general, the red flesh fruit is sweeter than The flavor is sweet with an earthy note. The texture of dragon fruit is often compared to kiwifruit.
  • Nicaraguan Dragon Fruit is grown in the rich volcanic soil, the fruit is more flavorful and sweet than the white flesh variety. It is round with small “leaves.”
  • Israel Red Pitaya is smaller and looks different than its other cousins–like a giant pink pine cone! It’s also sweet and juicy.
  • USA Red Dragon Fruit looks a lot like the white-flesh one. Make sure to check the label!

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.
  • Use caution when cutting: it will stain your fingers!

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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.)

How to Store

  • Refrigerate after purchase for up to 1 week.

When are they in season?

  • June through October.

Where are they grown?

  • Nicaragua, Israel, and USA.


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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