The article talks about ways to tell the difference between red and white dragon fruit without having to peel the skin. You should also know the story behind how this fruit got its name.
Can you tell the difference between a red dragon fruit and a white dragon fruit without peeling the fruit? Even though it sounds impossible, you should know that it is possible. Here are a few things you can learn about the fruit by looking at the flowers, scales (which are also called ears), and sometimes the branches.
How to tell the difference between red and white dragon fruit
- Scales: the tiny triangle “ears” or “scales” on the body of red, pink, and sometimes purple dragon fruit are curved. They are green and have more mass. Also, red fruit has scales that are smaller, darker, and more numerous.
- Plants: the red variety’s flower tips are more red than the white variety’s. The white variety’s flower tips are sometimes white or yellow. Both types of flowers have a smell.
- Outgrowths: when you look at the branches, it’s hard to tell the difference between red dragon fruit and white dragon fruit. But the red ones have more thorns on their branches than the white ones do.
- Nutrition value: there are many uses and benefits of dragon fruit. It is a known fact that fruits and vegetables that are very dark red have more antioxidants. Because of this, red dragon fruit has more antioxidants than white dragon fruit. So, it’s a great food for keeping your eyes, blood, and skin healthy. The red kind is also used to make wine that tastes great.
The red one, on the other hand, has more sugar than the white one. So, if you have diabetes, you must choose white dragon fruit.
Many people like red fruit because it is very sweet. Dragon S8 is a super sweet variety. But there is one exception: Ecaudor Palora, a white variety of dragon fruit that is the sweetest of all. This kind of fruit has a BRIX sugar score of 23. The other kinds are 15 feet tall.
- Pitahaya Red-Red. Most people just call the pitahaya the dragonfruit. It is a very beautiful fruit with flowers that sparkle and a strong shape and color. The dragonfruit is usually a dark red color, but there are also pink and yellow varieties. The dragon fruit has a thin rind for a skin. Most of the time, the skin is covered in scales, and the sweet red pulp is in the middle.
- Pitaya Red-White. The most common type of dragonfruit is the one that is red and white. The inside white is a nice addition to a fruit salad. A dragonfruit tastes like a kiwi, but it is usually a lot bigger. Try it for yourself and learn about all the different kinds of dragonfruit.
- Pitahaya Yellow. The sweetest dragon fruit is the yellow dragonfruit, also called the yellow pitahaya (hylocereus megalanthus). It belongs to the cactus family and is by far the most popular cactus in the world. The yellow pitaya is smaller than the species with red skin, but it is sweeter and has more juice.
What you should know about dragon fruit
- Strawberry Pear and Pitaya are other names for dragon fruit.
- About 140 kinds of dragon fruit grow all over the world.
- Hylocereus polyrhizus, Hylocereus megalanthus, and Hylocereus undatus are the main types of dragon fruit.
- The main kinds have red skin and red meat, red skin and white meat, or yellow skin and white meat.
- Dragon fruit seeds are small and can be eaten, just like kiwi seeds.
- Hybrids are the type of dragon fruit with pink flesh.
The story behind dragon fruit
Why does it get this name? The story goes that a dragon that breathed fire made this fruit. Every time this dragon breathed fire, it made fruit grow at the end of its fire tail. Soldiers and the dragon were said to have fought very hard, according to legend. The soldiers killed the dragon as soon as it breathed fire and made the fruit. They then took the fruit. This is what they gave to their king.
People used to think that if they ate the flesh of a dragon fruit, they would become as strong and dangerous as a dragon.
Dragon fruit is native to the tropical and subtropical forests of Central and South America, as well as Mexico. Today, red dragon fruit and other kinds are grown in about 22 countries, including China, Australia, Israel, Malaysia, Taiwan, Nicaragua, Vietnam, India, and Sri Lanka. In India, dragon fruit cultivation is done in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.