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Monday, August 13, 2007

DRAGON FRUIT (Red Flesh)


Common Name: Dragon fruit (Red flesh)
Vernacular Name: Pitaya, Pitahaya, Strawberry pear, huǒ lóng guǒ, Buah naga, Thanh long
Botanical Name: Hylocereus coastaricensis [ex-Hylocereus polyrhizus]
Specimens From: Malaysia


Dragon fruit. Why would they called a fruit, a dragon? If you had seen the plant, you would understand why. It really does looks like a wild dragon, with lots of messy overflowing branches, similar to the dragon wings, scales or hairs. The fruit itself does looks like one too. This fruit originated from northern South America.

The red dragon is here! It is one of the three main species of dragon fruit. It has red skin with red flesh. The other two is the red skin/white flesh and the least common, yellow skin/white flesh. There are also various cultivars of dragon fruit and since they do look alike to a layman, I will just put them under their colour classifications.

Do not mix up with another fruit, "Sour Pitayas" of the same "Cactus" family but of a different species, "Stenocereus spp". The inside pulp look very similar red but it is much more sourish in taste and the exterior look is different with numerous small spines!

The red dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit and pretty attractive to look at, especially the maroon flesh. Just cut the fruit into half and scoop it with a spoon. Taste is only mildly sweet, quite similar to eating a green kiwifruit. The numerous small, black seeds are edible and crunchy, so don't bother spitting it out.

Red Dragon Fruit Juice
 If you prefer, you can drink it as a juice but it is slightly thick, similar to papaya juice. Juice it into a clear glass and it will looks like a glass of "sweet Bloody Mary with numerous black heads".


Fruit: Red Dragon Fruit ; Hylocereus polyrhizus ; Cactaceae.


Other fruit in the same family: Dragon Fruit[white flesh].


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19 comments:

Serena said...

Not many folks even in Malaysia dared to eat this Dragon fruit because the red colour looks really bloody but the taste is really sweet and juicy.

Welcome to Fruitspecies said...

Oh is it? I like the colour. It's so atractive but only mildly sweet.

Peggy the Veggie said...

Wow, I love the redness! Weird, I've always had dragonfruit that are grey on the inside, not that lovely scarlet...

Welcome to Fruit species said...

Yes, red is beautiful, isn't it? The one you tasted was the white flesh but red ones are usually slightly sweeter.

borzack said...

I myself am afraid to eat this fruit hahahaha, tasted it once though, a little bit like kiwi... and the tree is strange looking also!

Fruit species said...

This fruit is nice, especially the red type. Yes, the plant looks like a dragon!

mrsnesbitt said...

What a beautiful fruit.
We have a photo a day every Wednesday, why not join in? This week it is something beginning with "G"

Let me know, I think it would be great if you joined in, there are about 20 of us.

Fruit species said...

Hi Mrs Nesbitt: Ok, I'll drop your blog later and see what's going on. Thanks for inviting and coming by. Cheers from Fruity

Blogger Gabby said...

Never seen this fruit, thanks for the knowledge and insight.

to Fruits
!!!Cheers!!!

Fruit species said...

Hi Gabby:
Thanks for taking the time to come down. Will visit you later. Cheers from Fruity

Geri said...

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suman said...

Thanks to show this lovely rose colored fruit I am very happy to watch it . magnificent!

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Anonymous said...

yum! great fruit! tastes like kiwi!!!

HealthJunkie said...

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Maybe you could do a post on goji berries sometime?

Anonymous said...

the red flesh variety seems to be sweeter than the white flesh, and it so much nicer than kiwifruit

arun said...

can any one please help me to get dragon fruit plants in north India.if can mail me nri4444@yahoo.com

Eddy Chia said...

Hi i like the red dragon more than the white one,its more sweety,but the problem is after u ate n go to toilet u can see all red in the toilet bowl he he..

Bai Hu said...

I think it is called Dragon Fruit is not because it looks like a dragon. But the fruit itself resembles the heavenly pearl (usually surrounded by fire) that most Chinese dragons are chasing after. Does the Dragon Fruit looks like a pearl with lots of fire over it? In Chinese we called it 龍朱果。

willya said...

my friends told me that the red color in this fruit comes from dye n it's dangerous, is it true?