How to Cut a Dragon Fruit

May 31, 2014Allison Murray
How to cut a dragon fruit.

How to cut a dragon fruit.

This lovely fruit that my father is so graciously modeling for you is a dragon fruit. It’s a very interesting looking fruit that can cost you quite a bit when shopping at the grocery store. How much? I don’t know.

Dad: Wow, this is cool! Me: Yeah! Dad: How much did it cost me? Me: I don’t know. Dad: You don’t know?  Me: Nope, I just grabbed it and tossed it in the cart. Dad: Without knowing the price? Me: Um, yep!

Last summer they ran around $6 apiece which is pretty darn high for a piece of fruit, but it’s good! What does it taste like? It’s kind of like a citrus fruit with a clean, slightly tart taste. The flesh is similar to a kiwi with smooth flesh and lots of seeds. It’s an experience all its own, that’s for sure. This dragon fruit was slated to make an appearance with scallops on the grill that night. Mmm.

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While that’s pretty high for a fruit this size, it’s also fun for an occasional indulgence. Or as a surprise for kids. My nephews LOVE eating strange things and I’m pretty sure lots of kids do, too. Sometimes we’ll scope out the produce aisle at the Asian grocery store just to see if we spy anything we’ve never tasted before and snap it up and give it a taste at home. It’s so much fun and though we’ve found a frozen durian fruit, fearful for the smell we left it behind!

At any rate if you’re going to plunk down this kind of cash for the experience you want to cut it right, right? So let’s do it! How to cut a dragon fruit:

How to cut a dragon fruit.

Give your dragon fruit a good wash. Take a sharp knife and slice the fruit long ways.

How to cut a dragon fruit.

Take a large spoon, like a serving spoon, and push underneath the white flesh but above the hot pink outer skin. If you’ve ever cut up an avocado, you’ll probably experience a bit of déjà vu. Go all around until the fruit inner is loosened from the hot pink skin.

How to cut a dragon fruit.

Using a knife remove any of the pink flesh that comes with the fruit after removing. Go ahead  and trim back the white flesh that remains so that the seeds are more prominent!

How to cut a dragon fruit.

You can slice it or cube it at this point. If you need to cut up tiny, tiny pieces, toss the half into the freezer until hard and then cut down as small as you need it!

And that’s all there is to that. If you see a dragon fruit will you snap one up?

Comments (4)

  • Susan

    May 31, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Very cool looking fruit! Are you grilling the dragon fruit or just serving it along with the scallops?

    1. Allison

      May 31, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Chopped up with some chives it makes a great “salsa” to go with scallops!

  • Pat

    May 31, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Your Dad is so cute! He makes the perfect model.

    1. Allison

      May 31, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks! He is not camera shy :)

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