How To Eat Dragon Fruit: 23 Fruity Recipes

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If you’ve been wanting to try them but aren’t really sure how to eat dragon fruit, I’ve got 23 amazing recipes to highlight the unique and wonderful flavor of this super cool fruit.

Don’t let the external appearance of dragon fruit intimidate you. Inside this neon colored fruit is a soft sweet flesh that is surprisingly satisfying.

How To Eat Dragon Fruit

This exotic fruit is quite healthy being low in calories and full of vitamin c and fiber. You might even say it’s a superfruit.

Although the fruit might look intimidating, you can safely eat the soft flesh and seeds inside. The skin can even used as a strikingly beautiful bowl or glass.

Oranges, papaya, blueberries, and dragon fruit make a fresh fruit salad in a dragon fruit bowl.
In this fruit salad, papaya, oranges, and blueberries make a yummy complement to dragon fruit slices.


What does dragon fruit taste like?

Dragon fruit tastes like a mild sweet kiwi. The texture of the fruit is very soft and it’s easy to scoop directly out of the skin with a spoon.

The flesh is full of tiny black seeds that are usually consumed with the fruit. The seeds are crunchy, and it’s a nice contrast to the softness of the flesh.

Do red and white dragon fruit taste the same?

The flavor of a dragon fruit is highly dependent on the variety and conditions under which it was grown. Some varieties of dragon fruit have white flesh while others are bright pink to red.

They all have the same general flavor, but some are sweeter than others. Commercially grown fruits are picked too early sometimes which makes them very bland.

You may have even bought one from the grocery store that frankly had no flavor at all. However, homegrown dragon fruit is much sweeter.


Dragon fruit cut in half and spoon scooping out bright pink flesh. Example of how to eat dragon fruit.

How to cut and eat dragon fruit

Although the skin of the dragon fruit may look scary, it’s actually quite soft to the touch. The spikes on the fruit are not spiny but soft.

You should be able to slice a whole dragon fruit in half easily with a knife. The simplest way to cut and eat the dragon fruit is simply to slice it in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

For a refreshing snack, try chilling a whole dragon fruit in your fridge for a couple of hours. Once it’s cool, slice your fruit in half and eat it with a spoon. It tastes almost like sherbet.

How to choose a ripe dragon fruit

A dragon fruit is ripe when it has bright pink or yellow color on the outside and the spines on the skin are soft and brown. It should have a fresh fruity scent similar to other tropical fruits.

When you pick up the fruit and gently squeeze it, it should be a little soft but not squishy. And there should not be any brown or mushy spots on the skin.

As the fruit becomes overripe, rotten spots develop on the skin as well as in the flesh you see after it’s cut. You will recognize underripe fruits by uneven color with bits of unripe green skin.

23 tasty dragon fruit recipes

The mild creamy sweetness really needs no improvements, but it also goes well with many other fruits and flavors. You can use dragon fruit in a fruit salad, salsa, cocktail or smoothie.

Take a look at these 23 recipes that highlight the delicious flavor of dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit salads and salsas

  1. Dragon fruit breakfast parfait.
  2. Dragon fruit salsa with cilantro and lime
  3. Dragon fruit salsa with avocados
  4. Patriotic fruit salad


Dragon fruit smoothies

  1. Coconut chia dragon fruit smoothie jars
  2. Dragon fruit smoothie 
  3. Dragon fruit smoothie bowls 
  4. Dragon fruit goji berry smoothie

Dragon fruit desserts

  1. Vegan dragon fruit cheesecake bars 
  2. Dragon fruit jam
  3. Dragon fruit coconut treats
  4. Dragon fruit macaroons
  5. Pink dragon fruit layer cake

Frozen dragon fruit treats

  1. Dragon fruit popsicle
  2. Dragon fruit sherbet
  3. Dragon fruit frozen dessert
  4. Dragon fruit ice cream

Dragon fruit cocktails

  1. Dragon fruit vodka cocktail
  2. Dragon fruit margarita
  3. Frozen pineapple dragon fruit margarita
  4. Dragon fruit mojitos

Virgin dragon fruit drinks

  1. Tropical detox water (for the morning after cocktails)
  2. Dragon fruit lemonade

How do you eat dragon fruit?

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  1. I think so it’s a good tips. I am new to taste the dragon fruit. But I wanted to taste the fruit for why it is differ from other fruit.

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