The bright pink or white-spiked dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) is a gorgeous addition to a tropical fruit salad, a smoothie bowl, or a refreshing summer drink. These exotic-looking fruits are full of antioxidants and nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron. They also contain betalains, which have been shown to improve vascular function in men and women.
Whether you're preparing the perfect snack or a healthy addition to your morning smoothie, slicing and cutting your dragon fruit is simple with these step-by-step instructions. The key to success is ensuring the fruit you choose is fully ripe. When shopping for dragon fruit, look for a bright and shiny skin with few bruises or spots. It should feel slightly soft to the touch and have a slight aroma. If the dragon fruit is overly soft or has many blemishes, it may not be ripe yet and will take a few days to eat.
Once you've picked out your fruit, place it on a cutting board and use a sharp chef knife to cut the dragon fruit in half lengthwise. This allows you to scoop out the flesh with a spoon and is an easier way to handle the thick skin. If you prefer to serve the fruit whole, just leave it in one piece and peel the skin prior to serving. Alternatively, cut each half into wedges or slices and serve with a drizzle of honey for a sweet treat.