With a soft exterior and an interior resembling a kiwi, dragon fruit is very versatile and can be cut into slices, cubes or eaten straight from the peel. Whether you are planning to use your dragon fruit in smoothies or to add it to a fruit salad, knowing how to properly cut a dragon fruit is important.
To begin, rinse the fruit to remove any dirt or bacteria. After the fruit is rinsed, place it on a cutting board or flat surface and, using a sharp chef's knife, cut the dragon fruit lengthwise. Next, using the same knife, score vertically through the skin of the dragon fruit without piercing the flesh. Finally, gently slide your fingers under each scored section and pull the skin away from the dragon fruit.
Once the skin has been removed, a spoon or melon baller can be used to scoop out the flesh from each half of the dragon fruit. The flesh is very juicy, so be careful not to over-scoop. If you are making a fruit salad, it is recommended that you scoop out the pulp in even, uniform sizes.
Alternatively, you can also slice the dragon fruit into thin, rectangular strips. Then, if you are making a fruit bowl or adding your sliced dragon fruit to a smoothie, it's recommended that you cut the strips into evenly-sized cubes. This will ensure that your dragon fruit looks uniform and is easy to scoop when eating it.