Red Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)

December 21st, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you’ve been invited to a “Herb the Vegetarian Dragon” party and just haven’t been able to find the right hostess gift, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★★

Fuchsia body with leaf shaped flaps that fade to green, the inside is white with tiny black seeds; reminds me of a cross between a shiny zebra and a poppy seed muffin. Also it is quite big – the size of a small nerf football.

AROMA Rating: ★★★☆☆


TEXTURE Rating: ★★★½☆

Juicy and grainy with crunchy little seeds; similar to a cucumber but with more seeds and a little more snap to the bite.

TASTE Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Reminds me of bland melon and kiwi and cucumber, but with a slightly sour note.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I’m not a fan of this fruit and I keep making faces every time I take a bite in order to describe some aspect of it. I had a bit of a red-fleshed variety at a potluck a few months ago and I remember thinking I liked it and wanted to look for it. So maybe this just isn’t a good one or maybe I was just feeling festive that day. I will say that this fruit is absolutely visually stunning and I really do wish I was throwing a party tonight with this fruit as the centerpiece. Oh how my friends would be jealous of me.


Red Pitaya










Asian Market


This fruit is also called Strawberry Pear. You can see some gorgeous pictures of the plant (it grows on a cactus) here.

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