Dragon Fruit: Tropical Fiber

If you’re looking to boost your tropical fruit knowledge base, check out dragon fruit.

Also known as pitaya or pitahaya, these leathery football-shaped fruits come in three varieties: red skin with red flesh, red skin with white flesh, and yellow skin with white flesh.

The red skin with red flesh is considered to be the best tasting, and the fruit is best enjoyed cold. You scoop out the flesh, with its hundreds of seeds, and roughly 60% of the fruit is edible.

A 100-gram serving of dragonfruit has 60 calories and 1 gram of fiber. Larger fruits may have up to 300-grams of edible flesh, rounding out to 180 calories and 3 grams of fiber per fruit.

Dragon fruit is eaten commonly in many Asian countries, as well as those of Central and South America.

In the US, much of our dragon fruit comes from Hawaii. It’s not cheap – I recently found Hawaiian dragon fruit on Kauai for $6.99/pound. At almost $5.00 for a piece of fruit, this is certainly a sometimes food. Despite the high price tag, dragon fruit’s sweet and mild taste do make it a unique treat.