Who doesn’t know dragon fruit? Dragon fruit is one of the fruits that have a shape, taste, and nutrients that are very interesting when compared to other fruits. This fruit is known as a pitaya or strawberry pear, dragon fruit is a tropical fruit of a large cactus type that has a bright pink skin with white or red flesh and has black seeds.
I bought dragon fruit because of its unique shape and according to several articles, this fruit contains various nutrients, such as low calories, fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, calcium, and iron which are all good for heart health.
Nutrients in dragon fruit have extraordinary health benefits, such as 7 grams of fiber per cup beneficial for digestive health, vitamin C as an antioxidant, polyphenols and carotene are plant compounds that can help strengthen the immune system, do not have fat or cholesterol, so good for heart health, and helps control blood sugar levels and regulate diabetes.
When I chose dragon fruit, there was only pink dragon fruit with red meat, as the seller said. Dragon fruit has three different varieties such as pink skin dragon fruit with white flesh, pink skin dragon fruit with red meat, and yellow skin dragon fruit with white meat. All of these varieties have very similar tastes and have small black seeds that are in the whole flesh of the fruit.
How I choose dragon fruit?
I chose dragon fruit by looking at the quality of the dragon fruit that I felt was the best. Tips from me, choose a dragon fruit that has a uniform color, light complexion, nothing is deformed, the outer skin feels tight not too soft and not too hard, and of course, it is ripe. The number of spots or dark stains on the skin of dragon fruit shows that the fruit is too ripe.
Next up to you, whether to choose fruit that is slightly ripe or too ripe. I chose a dragon fruit that is not too ripe because I plan to use it for a long time so that it lasts longer when I save it later.
Dragon fruit that is ripe and fresh has a delicious taste. Some people also say that the taste of dragon fruit is similar to a cross between kiwifruit and pear, which is a mild and slightly sweet taste.
Dragon fruit has almost no odor and the meat has a rather crispy texture, like watermelon. Red meat dragon fruit has the sweetest taste than white dragon fruit and is rich in antioxidants and soluble fiber.
How I eat dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit that I buy, I usually eat directly after peeling the skin or I make it into a smoothie and dragon fruit juice. To make it a smoothie, the method is by mixing pieces of dragon fruit with a few banana slices and adding coconut water to the blender. You can also add dragon fruit on top of yogurt with the addition of almonds or macadamia nuts.
I usually also make dragon fruit smoothies with two tangerine peels, lemon juice, four basil leaves, two tablespoons of brown sugar, one cup of crushed ice, and one glass of (cold) mineral water. After cutting the dragon fruit, I mixed all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. In this smoothie, you will get about 149 calories, 1.4 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 0.8 grams of fat, 9 milligrams of sodium, and zero cholesterol.
The second recipe that I will share is the dragon fruit salad. Besides making it a smoothie, I can also make dragon fruit into a refreshing and healthy salad for the diet.
To make this fruit salad I prepared ingredients, such as one large dragon fruit, half a cup of seedless red wine, lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey, two tablespoons of mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, one apple, half a spoonful of grated ginger, fresh leaves cilantro, and 10 cashews. You can also add other favorite ingredients that can add flavor.
The way to make it is quite simple, cut dragon fruit, apples, grapes and put it in a mixture of yogurt, honey, ginger, lemon juice, and mayonnaise in a large bowl. Add cilantro, cashews to the bowl then shake to combine. Put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour before you enjoy it.
The way I store dragon fruit to the last longer
When I make smoothies from dragon fruit, I usually leave a few pieces of dragon fruit for me to eat later. Pieces of dragon fruit that I don’t use I usually keep in a plastic bag and I keep in the fridge for up to five days.
This method may have been done by many other people including you. Although the dragon fruit has a sweet taste and is good for health, actually they have a very short time before changing from fresh to withered and mushy. So that I can enjoy dragon fruit for a longer time, I usually have some dragon fruit storage strategies that fit my needs and how I can identify expired dragon fruit.
In this discussion, I will present strategies on how to save dragon fruit in the short and long term. Here is a short-term strategy for storing dragon fruit that I usually use. Dragon fruit that is cut, we must immediately eat or we can store it in the refrigerator for approximately one day until the color begins to brown.
You can put pieces of dragon fruit on a plate and not touch other food in the refrigerator. It would be better if put in a plastic bag because the dragon fruit that has been cut tends to absorb the taste and smell of other foods.
First, I usually don’t peel or cut dragon fruit if I don’t eat it right away, then I usually leave it in a storage area to keep it fresh. Cutting dragon fruit before using it or eating it can cause the dragon fruit to dry up and change color. I also usually put dragon fruit on the table because dragon fruit can last several days before it expires if we will eat in the next 2-3 days.
To store dragon fruit for a long time, I usually put dragon fruit in the refrigerator. The right temperature to store dragon fruit in the refrigerator is between 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This storage strategy requires that I don’t cut the dragon fruit and peel the skin.
Storing dragon fruit in the refrigerator will slow down the ripening process and can make dragon fruit last for up to 2 weeks. I usually put the dragon fruit in a closed container or bag before putting it in the refrigerator.
Frozen dragon fruit can last longer but will become soft when thawed so it is best used as porridge. Frozen dragon fruit also cannot make you enjoy the freshness of dragon fruit like when you eat it directly after buying it.
Dragon fruit that is stored in the refrigerator can change its taste due to other foods in the refrigerator. Therefore, dragon fruit should be put in a sealed container or in a plastic bag to keep it fresh and protected. I also often label the containers or plastic bags for storing dragon fruit with dates so that I can know how long the dragon fruit has been stored in the refrigerator.
After knowing how to store dragon fruit for a long time, you also need to know how to recognize dragon fruit that has expired so that it is not suitable for eating. Saving dragon fruit for a long time often results in dragon fruit being unfit to eat. You can check the color of the dragon fruit if it has a dull color if you find a dull-colored dragon fruit you should cut the fruit separately to make sure it is edible.
Besides the dull color, another characteristic is the presence of cracks in the dragon fruit peel. Dragon fruit that has cracked or split skin tends to be no longer fresh. Another thing you need to pay attention to is making sure the frozen dragon fruit does not freeze, and the dragon meat does not turn brown. If the flesh of the dragon fruit turns brown then the dragon fruit has rotten and is not suitable to eat, you should immediately discard it.
The following is a summary of the steps to save a dragon fruit that you can do to last a long time:
- Choose fresh fruit with shiny skin that looks fresh when you buy it.
- Don’t wash dragon fruit when storing it
- Make sure the dragon fruit in the condition of its skin is dry or free of water when storing it. Wet or moist dragon fruit will rot easily if stored.
- Store the dragon fruit in the refrigerator by wrapping it in airtight plastic so it lasts longer.
- Keep the dragon fruit far apart with other food ingredients that have an odor when stored in the refrigerator.
- If you don’t store dragon fruit in the fridge, place the dragon fruit in a container and store it in a dry and cool place.
- If you store dragon fruit in the right way, dragon fruit can last up to 10 days at room temperature and can last much longer if stored in the refrigerator.
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