How to Prepare Dragon Fruit

Updated February 21, 2017

The dragon fruit, also known as a pitahaya, is a tropical fruit that grows on a cactus vine. It has a smooth white flesh that tastes like a combination of the kiwi fruit and a pear.This exotic fruit has become available in U.S. grocery stores only recently, and many people who purchase one are unclear on how to prepare it for consumption. The dragon fruit features a thick and inedible yellow or bright pink peel that must be removed, but its numerous seeds are edible.

Choose a ripe dragon fruit. The experts at The Supermarket Guru recommend a fruit with bright colour and a strong sweet fragrance, that gives slightly when you press on the skin. Avoid fruits with cuts, mould or brown stems.

Slice the dragon fruit in half.

Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. The experts at Recipe Tips say that the flesh should come out easily and in one piece if the fruit is ripe enough.

Check the back of each piece of fruit for pieces of pink or yellow skin. Some of the inedible skin may still be attached. Trim off any skin you see.

Chop the fruit into 1-inch cubes. The Waitrose supermarket website suggests serving the fruit at room temperature or alongside a fruit sorbet.


If the dragon fruit is not overly ripe, you can peel the skin and cut the fruit into slices. Dragon fruit has a high water content, which means it is excellent in smoothies or mixed drinks.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Spoon
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