Dragon Fruit Yellow

More delicious and just as nutritious as its pink sister.

Recently I was introduced, by happy accident to pitahaya bowl.  A pitahaya is also known as dragon fruit.  A pitahaya bowl is similar to an acai bowl only made with dragon fruit.  It was topped with hemp seeds, banana, blueberries, granola, coconut and Nutella.  It was delicious.  I have seen dragon fruit mixed into various drinks but to me, it was a new curious fruit.

What is a dragon fruit? AKA yellow pitahaya or yellow pitaya

Dragon fruit is also known as pitahaya, its scientific name is  hylocereus megalanthus.  Dragon fruit is the fruit of several different cactus species indigenous to the Americas.  Dragon fruit is cultivated in Mexico, Southeast Asia, India, the United States, the CaribbeanAustraliaMesoamerica and throughout tropical and subtropical world regions.

yellow dragon fruit

Types of dragon fruit

There are 3 types of dragon fruit that are most commonly seen in the stores or prepared as pitahaya bowls.  There is red skin/white flesh, pink skin/pink flesh and yellow skin/white flesh.  Some say the yellow dragon fruit is the sweetest of the three, although the pinks are more likely seen or used in drinks and pitahaya bowls. 

dragon fruit
dragon fruit
dragon fruit

How to tell if fresh yellow dragon fruit is ripe?

 A ripe dragon fruit has plump flesh that looks fresh.  If it is shriveled up or dry then it is overripe.  If it is mushy then it is also overripe.  If a dragon fruit is hard, it will need a few days to ripen.  

How does yellow dragon fruit taste.  Is dragon fruit sweet?

Dragon fruit may look exotic, but its flavors are similar to other fruits. Its taste has been described as a slightly sweet cross between a kiwi and a pear.

Are yellow dragon fruits good for you?

Nutrition in 1 cup of dragon fruit

  • Calories: 136
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 29 grams
  • Fiber: 7 grams
  • Iron: 8% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 18% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C: 9% of the RDI
  • Vitamin E: 4% of the RDI

Dragon fruits are an excellent source of fiber.  The recommended amount of fiber per day for women is 25 grams and men is 30 grams.  Dragon fruit contains about 7 grams per cup.  Dragon fruit also contains approximately 63 mg of magnesium a day.  The RDA: The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults 19-51+ years is 400-420 mg daily for men and 310-320 mg for women.  One cup of dragon fruit is equivalent to about 2 servings of carbohydrates.  If you are calculating net carbohydrates it is equivalent to 22 net carbs.  

When is the best time to buy?  When is yellow dragon fruit season

The summer (June through September) is the main season for fresh dragon fruit. August and September are the peak months for most varieties; however, varieties of Selenecereus Megalanthus produce fruit during the winter months of November through February.

Simplest way to enjoy a yellow dragon fruit

The simplest way to enjoy dragon fruit is to cut in half and scoop it out with a spoon.  Don’t let its tough exterior scare you away!