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).

7 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.

  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.

  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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