Dragon fruit is an exotic fruit that has been around for centuries. It is native to Southeast Asia and is also known as pitaya. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, zinc, and folate.
Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that grows in clusters on trees. It is usually eaten raw, but it can also be cooked and used in desserts.
Here are some ways to store dragon fruit so that you can enjoy it longer.
Dragon fruits can be stored at cool temperature for up to two weeks. If the room gets too warm or humid, they will spoil faster than usual.
To keep them fresh, place them in plastic bags with holes punched out of the top. You should use these bags because if there’s no air circulation inside the bag, your dragon fruit may get moldy. You can also freeze dragon fruit by placing them into freezer bags.
The best way to store dragon fruits are:
If you are going to consume faster, like within 3-4 days, then you can simply store them in a counter. This method works well when you have limited space. This is because the temperature outside can ripen the fruit quickly if you keep them for too long.
If you keep it for too long then it may eventually get spoiled. You should also keep them away from other smelly foods otherwise they might absorb the smell.
This is one of the most common methods of storing dragon fruit. They last much better this way since the cold temperatures slow down their metabolism which makes them stay fresher for longer periods of time.
However, refrigerating does not stop the process of ripening. So, even though you put them in the fridge, they still need to be consumed within 2-3 days.
Another good option is freezing. Freezing slows down the rate of ripening making them last longer. However, once frozen, they cannot be thawed again.
So, before putting them in the freezer, wash them thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris. Then pat dry using paper towels. Once dried, cut off both ends of the fruit and slice it lengthwise. Place each piece of sliced fruit in a single layer in a large ziploc bag. Add 1/2 cup of ice cubes and seal tightly. Freeze until solid. Remove the pieces of fruit from the freezer and transfer to storage containers. Store in the freezer for three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Jars work great for keeping dragon fruit fresh. Just remember to always label them properly. Also, do not fill more than half full. Otherwise, the jar could crack due to excess weight.
Keep them in a dark area where they won’t get exposed to light. And don’t forget to check the expiration date every few months.
It depends on what type of dragon fruit you buy. Some types of dragon fruit such as red dragon fruit, white dragon fruit, etc., usually last about 5 days while others such as green dragon fruit, yellow dragon fruit, etc., only last 4 days. They have short lifespans so you should use them fast. It can stay upto a week in the refrigerator.
I’ve had some success with drying my own dragon fruit at home. I just leave them out on trays lined with newspaper, but I’m sure there are commercial dehydrators available. If you live somewhere humid, you’ll probably want to line your trays with something waterproof.
As mentioned above, dragon fruit contains high levels of vitamin C so leaving them uneaten will cause them to lose some nutrients. But there isn’t anything wrong with letting your fruits go bad. In fact, many people enjoy leftovers by adding them into salads or smoothies.
This fruit is native to the United Mexican States and Central America. It grows on trees and shrubs. There are two main varieties: Red and White. Both contain similar amounts of vitamins A and C.
Red dragon fruit is also known as pitaya, carambola, pomelo, soursop, cactus pear, Mexican orange, Indian apple, and Chinese gooseberry. This variety comes in different colors including pink, purple, blue, black, brown, and white.
The first sign that your dragon fruit is starting to spoil is when its color starts changing. As the fruit continues to ripen, it turns darker and loses its bright appearance. You may notice that the skin begins to wrinkle and turn wrinkled. When this occurs, the fruit is no longer edible. Another way to tell if your dragon fruit is spoiled is by smelling it. If it smells like rotten eggs, then it’s definitely past its prime.
If the skin splits open, the fruit has gone bad. The flesh inside might be soft and mushy.
When ripe, the dragon fruit takes much longer to soften compared to other tropical fruits. For example, bananas take less time to become soft.
This means that the fruit is losing its vibrant color. It indicates that the fruit is going to spoil soon.
Ripe dragon fruit has a nice and even colour. A perfectly ripe dragon fruit looks very uniform in terms of coloring. Its surface is shiny and glossy.
While a spoiled dragon fruit looks dull and greyish-brown. A bruised dragon fruit becomes discolored quickly.
A rotting dragon fruit emits an unpleasant odor. It could be sweet or sour depending on how long ago it was picked.
Eating too much of a spoiled dragon fruit can make you feel ill. Your stomach feels bloated and uncomfortable. You may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, fever, chills, muscle aches, weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.
It is rich in antioxidants which help fight free radicals. Antioxidants protect our cells from damage caused by oxidation. They prevent cancerous tumors from forming. Free radical scavengers neutralize harmful substances called reactive oxygen species. These ROS include superoxide ions, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxyl radicals, singlet oxygen, and hypochlorite ions.
Antioxidant properties have been found in all parts of the dragon fruit plant.
- When buying dragon fruit, look for firm ones without soft spots. Avoid those that feel mushy or bruised.
- Also, avoid purchasing dragon fruit that has been sitting around for an extended period of time. The flesh becomes softer over time.
- And finally, try eating them as soon as possible after purchase. That’s how we know whether they’re ripe enough to eat!
So there you go – these are some ways to store dragon fruit so that you don’t waste any money. I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences with storing dragon fruit.