Question: How do you know when Dragon Fruit is ripe enough to use?

March 3, 2011
I recently bought one to try and tasted it but it wasn't very sweet. I let it sit out for a few days but no luck. It had a sort of metallic taste sometimes associated with Kiwis.



Chris Paulk's picture

When the dragon fruit has bit redder skin than you would typically see on one, it is ripe. It should be colorful and reddish.
Look at the spiny leaf tips-they should have started to die off.
It should be a little soft when you lightly squeeze it.
It should have seeds throughout that in someways resemble a kiwi, but are distributed throughout and the variety sold most often in the stores has a whitish flesh inside.
It will be sweet and somewhat like a cross between a melon and a pear.