Red pitaya

What does red dragon fruit taste like?

Red dragon fruits


The red dragon fruits or Pitaya Roja is botanically classified as Hylocereus constaricensus and sometimes Hylocereus polyrhizus. Red-fleshed dragon fruits are rarer than yellow-skinned varieties, and not as widely available as white-fleshed varieties.

Red dragon fruits are often called Costa Rican dragon fruits or purple Pitaya and sometimes strawberry pear cactus. The United States, Florida, and California produce these brightly fleshy fruits. Red dragon fruit is usually found throughout the year.

Red dragon fruits grows on tall, slender, creeping cactus that are often seen growing on loft, fence or wall. The brightly colored rectangular dragon fruit can grow up to 10 centimeters in length and weigh up to one pound.

They have pink to magenta-colored or white skin with a creamy, fleshy appearance. The skin is thin, the average thickness is only 3 millimeters, so the pore-to-flesh ratio is higher. The bright magenta flesh of the red dragon fruits is the fruit of a compound called betacyanin, which is the same pigment as the beet and prickly pear fruit. 

The decoration has the texture of kiwi fruit, covered with small edible seeds of black color. The red dragon fruit tastes sweet, though not as sweet as the white-fleshed variety and has a mild acidity taste.


Red vs. White Dragon Fruit


Taste and Shape:

Although red and white dragon fruits look similar, we can distinguish red vs. white dragon fruits completely in terms of shape and taste.

Round fruit of red dragon fruits, curved towards fruit stalk, mostly red. Meanwhile, the white flesh dragon fruit has an elliptical shape and is slightly green.

The red dragon fruits and sometimes the pink and purple fruit have curved scales or ears, which are like small triangles in the body of the fruit. The scales are green in color and thick. Red fruits are slightly thinner, darker and more fibrous than white fruits.

When cutting dragon fruits, we can easily recognize the difference between red and white dragon fruits. The red flesh dragon fruits have dark red flesh inside, gradually turning a dark purple. For the white flesh dragon fruits, the flesh is white, with seeds.


Red vs white dragon fruit nutrition

There are many uses and benefits of dragon fruit. It is an established fact that red dragon fruits contain more antioxidants than white fruit. This makes it a great food for healthy eyes, blood and skin. The red variety is also used in making very tasty wines.

However, red sugar contains more sugar than white dragon fruits. Therefore, people with diabetes must choose white dragon fruits.

Many people like red fruits because of their sweetness.
The red dragon fruits contain about 60 calories, along with vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3 and minerals like iron, calcium and phosphorus. 100 grams of fruit will provide about 21 milligrams of vitamin C, which is equivalent to 34% of the daily value of vitamin C.

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