Dragon fruit (Pitaya) is indigenous to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam. The flavor is mildly sweet, like a blend of kiwi and pear, and it has a crunchy texture. Storing dragon fruit can be a problem for some people as it is not as famous as other fruits.
Tips for storing dragon fruit –
- Place the dragon fruit in a paper bag. Do not peel or cut it prior to storage.
- Store the dragon fruit in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Dragon fruit stores best at temperatures between 5-10 degrees Celsius. Store refrigerated fruit for up to three months.
- Scoop the pulp from the skin with a spoon once the dragon fruit has been cut. Place the pulp in a tightly sealed container. Cut dragon fruits must be stored frozen as their quality quickly declines.
- Keep the dragon fruit pulp in the freezer for up to three months. Use the pulp in ice cream, smoothies and jelly.
Dragon fruit can be used to make jam, ice cream, and all manner of other desserts.