Pitaya: Dragon Fruit | La Fruta del Dragon

by nibblesandfeasts on March 4, 2012

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A native of Central America, the Dragon Fruit is called Pitaya (Fruit of the Cactus). I am lucky enough to find it locally in Southern California a bit before it’s season which is May-October.

This beautiful fruit is bright magenta on the outside with green pieces of skin, resembling soft scales or thorns.

Dragon fruit comes in three varieties but it’s impossible to tell which is which unless you slice into it. The flesh differs in color: white pink and magenta. The darker the color, the sweeter the fruit.

In my case, I chose the most common of the three: white. Its flavor and consistency of flesh resembles a very bland kiwi.

It’s a very popular fruit in Souteast Asia, served in sauces and salads.  I like adding it to my French toast. It’s also wonderful to enjoy as is. Here’s a fun way to cut and present your dragon fruit. It’s the perfect conversation starter.

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Cut in half, lengthwise. | Corte por la mitad, a lo largo.

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Continue to carefully cut the flesh only, lengthwise.  Then cut flesh across, creating cubes. | Siga cuidadosamente cortando la carne solamente, a lo largo. A continuación, corte de lado a lado, creando cubitos.

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Scoop out the dragon fruit cubes.| Con una cuchara, saque los cubitos de fruta del dragón.

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Place the cubes back in the skin and serve. | Coloca los cubos de nuevo en la piel y sirvaDisfrute!

(left dragon fruit is getting ready to be scooped.  Right dragon fruit is getting ready to be served).

Enjoy!

A big thank you to Melissa’s Produce for providing some delicious Dragon Fruit for my family to enjoy and have fun with.

Otra vez… en español!

Un nativo de América Central, la fruta del dragón también se llama pitaya (fruto del cactus). Yo tengo la suerte de encontrarla a nivel local en el sur de California un poco antes de que sea la temporada que es de mayo a octubre.

Esta fruta es hermosa de color magenta brillante en el exterior con piezas verdes en la piel, parecidas a las escamas o espinas suaves.

La Fruta del dragón viene en tres variedades, pero es imposible decir cuál es cuál, a menos que se rebane. La carne viene en tres colores: blanca, rosa, o magenta. Cuanto más oscuro sea el color, más dulce la fruta.

En mi caso, elegí la más común de los tres: blanca. Su sabor y la consistencia de la carne se asemeja a un kiwi muy suave de sabor.

Es una fruta muy popular en el Sureste de Asia, servido en dulce salsas y ensaladas. A mi, me gusta añadirlo a mi French toast. Es también maravilloso para disfrutar como es.

Aquí está una manera divertida para cortar y presentar su fruta del dragón. Puede ser un buen tema para empezar conversaciones en fiestas.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue-Helen De La Rosa March 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Where do u get it from? I’ve never tried it, but sure looks yummy.

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nibblesandfeasts March 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Hi,
You can find them at Farmer’s Markets and Asian Markets. Some Central American Markets carry it as well. I’ve been lucky enough to find it at my local grocery store too.

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Isabel Garcia March 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Thank you for introducing the Pitaya fruit on your blog, Ericka! I have never tasted one before. Awesome post and pictures!

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Adrienne March 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Looks pretty!

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Presley's Pantry March 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I love the polka dots! :)

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Jamie March 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I love dragon fruit! I never know what to do with it. The last time I bought it the fruit was BRIGHT purple/magenta (the inside) So sweet- I could never find it since then. Only the white!

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Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie March 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I LOVE pitayas! The one’s we have here in Jalisco are very different from this type of pitaya. But they are SO sweet and delicious! Have you tried the “other” kind of pitaya?

Here’s a post I wrote about pitayas that you might like. http://www.motherhoodinmexico.com/2011/05/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know.html

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Valentina March 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

absolutely gorgeous!!! i love it!

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Mercedes @BeChicMag March 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

What a gorgeous fruit. I don’t think I’ve ever had this. I couldn’t help but get spiritual and of all the natural gifts we have. This is a beauty.

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Sujeiry March 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

What a gorgeous fruit! I’ve never seen one in real life. I’ve never had any either. Interesting that you use it on your french toast.

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Dariela March 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

I’ve never seen this fruit before!!! Looks good and if it tastes like Kiwi, then I’ll eat it!

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Comiendo en LA March 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

En Colombia tambien la comemos y me gusta mucho! Ademas que tiene propiedades digestivas. El color es mas amarillo y no tan rojizo como la que tienes en la fotos, pero la llamamos igual.

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Peru Delights March 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

Me fascinan las pitahayas. En Nicaragua siempre comí las de color magenta, con crema batida y jugo de limón. También hacemos helados, nieves, y refrescos. Es exquisita! En Perú solo he visto la que tiene la pulpa transparente, muy dulce y refrescante, que viene del Amazonas. Qué deliciosa fruta!

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Divina March 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

Wow I am from South America and have never seen that fruit before. Thanks for sharing! I learned something new today and will look for it in my local markets.

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Rachel March 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Looks delish. I’ve never had one before but now I will makd sure to pick one up when theyre in season. :-]

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Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ March 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

it’s such a fashionable fruit! Love the colors, light flavor and fun texture!

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Unknown Mami March 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm

That’s great! I’ve never bought any. It’s so lovely.

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Monica March 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

That is just the craziest fruit I’ve ever seen! I bet my kids would love it. I wonder if I can find them around here somewhere? They are gorgeous to look at, aren’t they?

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Aurelia @ PowerfulLatinas March 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Wow — I learned something! Looks yummy.

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Carla @ All of Me Now March 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

It’s a piece of art! I can only imagine it’s incredibly good for you, with it’s amazing color and all. I’ll have to put this on my list of foods to try!

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Dan July 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Gracias por mostrarme como partirla. Compre una por iniciativa de mi hijo y no tenia la menor idea… el sabor no se me hizo nada especial debo confesar.

Estoy de acuerdo contigo es verdaderamente un buen tema de conversacion.

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