The Most Disappointing Fruit Ever: Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit looks like it should taste awesome. It looks exotic and beautiful and so tantalizing that you think it must be delicious inside. And it has an awesome name.

The outside looks so good (picture taken from the public domain)

The outside looks so good (picture taken from the public domain)

But dragon fruit doesn’t really taste like anything. It’s super bland. It’s not sweet, it’s not sour, it’s not tart, it’s not refreshing–it just kind of… is.

Eating dragon fruit is like meeting a man or woman who’s really physically attractive and you’re really into it and then you have sex for the first time and he/she just lies there like a dead fish and it’s terrible. Attractive exterior, but can’t back it up with the real goods.

During my time in Bali, though, I found out that there’s more than one type of dragon fruit, and the other types are better.

Dragon fruit with red flesh (picture taken from public domain)

Dragon fruit with red flesh (picture taken from the public domain)

The dragon fruit that you normally find is red on the outside, has white flesh, and tastes like nothing. There’s also a version that looks the same on the outside, but the inside has red flesh, and this version is decently tasty. I’d still choose most other tropical fruits over the red flesh dragon fruit, but at least it’s sweet and tastes like something.

So if you ever get the chance, try the red flesh dragon fruit. It won’t blow your mind, but at least it helps justify dragon fruit’s awesome name and exterior. Be warned, though, that it will turn some of your bodily excretions red if you eat enough (similar to what beets do, so don’t freak out).

10 thoughts on “The Most Disappointing Fruit Ever: Dragon Fruit

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  2. Lawrence Michaels

    I was just eating dragon fruit for the bajillionth time and found it bland as usual. So I’m thinking, is it just me or does dragon fruit suck as a fruit? So I google “is dragon fruit suppose to be sweet?” and sure enough, I find this article, and it’s not just me. It’s good to know that I haven’t just been unlucky.

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  3. Shannon

    Just tried dragon fruit for the first time, white flesh. I had to google why it tasted so bland and came across your blog post. I had to know if I was missing something. I haven’t been able to find the pink flesh dragon fruit where I live, but always the white. I finally broke down and purchased two and I have to agree.. very disappointing and extremely bland. I won’t be buying them again.. unless maybe it’s the pink flesh, just to say I gave both a try.

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  4. crow

    I just bought a dragonfruit a second time after trying it a few years back. Back then I thought I picked an unripe one and that’s why it was bland. But today after reading tips on how to pick a ripe one…I’m equally as disappointed! I love the way it looks, I love the texture it has…but it has no flavor or smell. I found the dragonfruit to be SLIGHTLY sour by the rind so that gave me an idea to pour a little lemon juice in it. Made it better but it’s not worth it for the price. Not going to buy again, papayas are better!

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  5. Chieko

    I made a sweet, sour, salty sauce with the dragonfruit, some homemade Japanese pickled plum (pits excluded), grated ginger, lemon zest, lemon juice, and some orange extract. Very tasty and there is a hint of dragonfruit flavor. It’s a nice condiment and everyone is impressed by the fact it’s made from dragonfruit. Great with eggrolls and as a dipping sauce for pork and chicken.

    But I agree, bland. Lemon juice helps and a bit of sweetener. It’s a very nutritious fruit but rather expensive for not having flavor on its own.

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  6. Nancy

    I normally don’t eat a lot of fruit as it’s too sweet and acidic. I’m happy to eat a dragon fruit because it’s just right for sweetness. It tastes like prickly pear, another cactus fruit. Whereas with pickly pear you spend so much time trying to tweezer out its fine skin hair that’s penetrated your skin and try to remove the knobbly seeds stuck in your teeth, the dragon fruit has smooth and easy to peel skin and its texture is magnificently silky with fine crackly seeds.
    If the taste is too bland for you, use it where you don’t want the taste to overwhelm, where its fine texture will be appreciated or just as a show piece to enhance the the appearance of any table setting.

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  7. James

    I always thought the white flesh ones tasted bland, then I tried the ones grown in Southern Vietnam and they have just a little hint of sweetness. They taste best if they have been refrigerated and served cold.

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