Pitahaya, or dragon fruit, is the exotic, striking fruit of a type of cactus. The fruit has a scaly pink or yellow skin and usually contains white flesh with black seeds. There are also red fleshed varieties.
Pitahayas originate from Mexico and the Americas, but are grown in many hot countries where temperatures reach up to 40°C. Our Discovered pitayahas come mainly from Vietnam, Thailand and Israel.
The flesh of the pitahaya tastes like a cross between watermelon and kiwi, is sweetish and low in calories.
Pitahayas taste best when eaten fresh and chilled. The flesh is perfect for use in salads, desserts and cocktails or as a garnish. The skin is not edible.
Allow to ripen at room temperature or keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Pitahaya is ripe when the skin is pink and the leaves are bright green.
Before eating the flesh on its own, try sprinkling with a liqueur such as Grand Marnier and chilling in the refrigerator for about an hour. Extra special!
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Cut the pitahaya in half.
Carefully peel the halves.
Cut the flesh into chunks.
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