Fresh fruit is certainly one of the most popular food items there are. However, lots of people fancy dragon fruit. Dragon fruit looks intimidating, but it’s okay! This article will teach you How to Cut A Dragon Fruit and make it easy for you!
The dragon fruit is originally from Central and South America. The dragon fruit grows on a cactus plant, which produces sweet-tasting, brightly colored fruit. The fruit’s texture is vegetable-like and crunchy, and it tastes similar to a kiwi or mild watermelon. Dragon fruit can be eaten fresh with a sprinkle of sea salt or sliced into salads.
Today we are going to learn how to cut a Dragon Fruit, one of the most amazing looking and healthiest fruit in the entire world.
Picking the Right Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruits are delicious, but if you don’t pick your dragon fruit properly you could end up with a few bruises. If you’re going to be picking dragon fruits more than once, it’s a good idea to pick a couple of fruits before you start to get the hang of it.
Keep in mind that dragon fruits all differ pretty much depending on where they are from. For example, a dragon fruit from Thailand will taste much different than one from South America.
In order to choose a good dragon fruit, you need to take into account a few factors. The first thing you want to do is pick the right dragon fruit from a tree that is at least 15 years old. Make sure that it’s not cracked or bruised and that the skin is shiny and firm. The best place to find an old dragon fruit tree is in a public area (like a park or community garden).
Here’s how to pick the best and fresh dragon fruit:
1. The flesh should be a vibrant pink colour, but beware of white streaks. They are usually caused by calcium deposits from too much water.
2. Look for fruit that has dark green skin, this indicates the fruit is ripe.
3. The seeds of the fruit should be plump and white. They are delicious!
How to Cut a Dragon Fruit Properly
Dragon fruit looks really pretty on a plate, but slicing it can be a real challenge. There are various ways to slice a dragon fruit incorrectly. Some people end up wasting half their fruit in the process. We are going to go over the simple step by step guide that will allow you to cut dragon fruit properly every time.
There’s a lot of confusion on how to cut a dragon fruit. What’s the right way to cut one, and what are the ways that lead to nothing but a pile of seeds and wasted fruit? Let me show you a step by step guide on how to properly cut a dragon fruit.
1. Wash the fruit thoroughly
2. Remove the crown of spines by scraping it with a knife
3. Cut each half into 3-4 pieces
1. Use a sharp knife and cut the fruit lengthwise. Next, remove the seeds using a spoon or your fingers.
2. Carefully slice the fruit according to cut you choose — into wedges, rings, etc.
3. Cut away the skin that’s left over.
1. Take your knife and cut off the top of the fruit, making sure to carefully preserve all the juices inside.
2. Gently score the flesh into cubes, about a centimetre big. Take note of how easily they separate from the skin.
3. Place your hand flat on top of the skin, and slide it towards you to pull off petals of flesh. Repeat this action until you’ve pulled off all petals
1. Cut a sliver off the top of the fruit.
2. Cut it length-wise, ½ cm from the curved edge.
3. Place in a bowl of cold water to prevent it from going brown from oxidation.
How to Prepare a Dragon Fruit
A dragon fruit is a fruity treat that everyone should try at least once in their lives. This exotic dragon fruit tastes great on its own, but it can also be used to prepare juices and smoothies, among other things. If you want to get the most out of this fruit, consider investing in a dragon fruit cookbook. There are plenty of cool ways to prepare it that won’t even make you break a sweat.
In this section, I’m going to discuss 3 different ways in which dragon fruit can be prepared.
1. Simple With Middle Cut
The easiest way to eat a dragon fruit is simply to cut it in half. This is possible whether you cut lengthwise or widthwise. Either way, the flesh on the outside of the fruit will effectively act as a bowl for the meat — which behaves quite well, an almost polite behavior.
Dragon fruit can be cut up any number of ways. The inner flesh isn’t tough, so a quick slice with your chef or paring knife will split it in half. After that, you’ll want to spoon the inside out — although if you’d like a more exotic presentation, you could use your serrated-edge knife instead.
The 21,000 black seeds in each fruit are totally edible too so don’t eat them even if you’re frenzied — they even provide a satisfying crunch to contrast the otherwise soft fruit.
2. Cut Into Wedges
Additionally, you can cut the fruit into wedges if there are many people going to share the fruit. This is ideal, because it allows for more than one person to eat the fruits.
Start by slicing off the ends of the fruit with a knife. Use the knife to remove the top and bottom parts where the stem was before discarding them.
After that, you’ll cut the fruit down the middle lengthwise. Following this, you can slice the fruit into wedges. The easy-to-peel skin peppers your fingers — you can use your fingertips to pull it off. It’s easier to eat if you pull off the skin than if you leave it on when eating watermelon.
And note that removing the skin doesn’t remove nutrition: they should be eaten together! …want more? Ahh…see the next section for exercises.
3. Cubed Cut
If you are looking to add dragon fruit to your meal, be it a salad or smoothie bowl, please try combining with watermelon or papaya. This slightly sour fruit is made refreshing by creamy desserts and salads alike.
To begin peeling the dragon fruit, cut it in half lengthwise. Next, use a paring knife to dice the fruit into smaller pieces, leaving the skin intact. Then, peal the cubes and discard the skin. Your tasty cubes are now ready to eat.
A simpler way would be to scoop everything off the peel in one go. Place on your cutting board and proceed to dice directly. You will save time, but have more of a mess from having exposed the flesh to the board. This method is faster but adds an extra step for cleaning.
Dragon fruit are known for their round shape, meaning they don’t often cut into perfect cubes. Buuuut, this is a small price to pay for sweet, tropical flavor that makes a great snack by the pool!
How to Eat Dragon Fruit
Just like any other fruit, there are a number of ways to eat dragon fruit. At the same time, every dragon fruit is unique. It has its own flavors, shapes, and colors. Understanding how to eat dragon fruit is important because it will tell you how to get the most out of your fruit.
For example, some fruits can be blended into popsicles. If you’re up for it, you might try getting creative and make one using more than one fruit. A delicious treat that combines dragon fruit, pineapple, coconut milk, honey or watermelon could cool you down on a hot day.
Even when you don’t have time to make popsicles, you can still enjoy freezing some of your dragon fruit cubes. Ice up the diced fruit and then put in on a tray lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Freeze for an hour or two before popping out what you need for refreshment. Repeat this process until all is frozen up!
Dragon fruit is a great addition to a smoothie because it adds sweetness and a subtle flavour to an otherwise straightforward smoothie. It goes well with other sweeter fruits like the avocado. A creamy coconut milk and a few other ingredients can be used to give it some creaminess, while other fruit kinds like honeydew or berries can give it a refreshing taste.