Why is my dragon fruit purple inside?
Are you tired of cutting open a dragon fruit, expecting it to be a delightful white color on the inside only to find that BAM, it’s purple? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. The same thing happened to me once, and I didn’t know what to do either. But fear not! After some research and experimentation, I’ve discovered the reasons behind this magical transformation.
What is a Dragon Fruit?
Before we dive any further into why your dragon fruit may be purple on the inside let’s take a quick moment to understand precisely what this colorful fruit is all about.
Dragon fruits are known by many different names such as pitahaya or strawberry pear. The two most common types of dragon fruit grown in tropical regions worldwide are the white-fleshed variety with black seeds and wafery skin, while others have red or deep pink flesh with smaller seeds and tougher skin more commonly found in Southeast Asia countries like Vietnam.
There can also sometimes be other colored varieties available depending on where they were grown (yellow ones being one example). However, these colors don’t matter much compared to those that change within its own interior part!
- Culinary Satisfaction
- Species Variety
Reason 1: Culinary Satisfaction
Sometimes people buy their dragon fruits simply because they want something exotic & new i.e., without knowing enough about them – which eventually leads them towards choosing riper options since rarer isn’t always better! Some want ripe-styled creations while others wish for early ready versions – both choices work together long term from field-to-table preparation cycles.
In Indonesia perfect ripe guava will usually appear less green/yellow in terms of appearance as it gets closer to ripening. Any sort of bruise or breaking of the skin could obviously affect this balance sooner rather than later.
Sorting in Ecuador, Costa Rica (Latin America) are notoriously selective about shipping solely unripe guava to be sold off locally for Central American residents hoping up various cooking and dishes requiring its fruit take well over 15 days before coming out with a unique flavoring mix – usually involving chicken or coconut milk is prone to turning purple inside when ripe.
Similarly, dragon fruits can also turn purple on the inside because they have been left longer on a tree thus picked when riper shapes start forming compared with some others which may not turn color beforehand!
Pro Tip: Ensure you try ripeness selection tests like using fingers for testing pliability in ensuring an ideal result
Reason 2: Species Variety
Various species produce different-colored flesh within them. While there are only two basic species – Hylocereus undatus (white-fleshed) and Selenicereus megalanthus (yellow-fleshed), with simple texture variations between them that makes one white and other yellow respectively. Beyond these two types, individual varieties do exist too!
The red-skinned Dragon Fruit has garnered popularity around the world due to its fuchsia hue found nestled deep beneath photographs few will ever get chance encountering firsthand from forests hidden away among the tropical mountains we locals call home here in Colombia where we farm-sourced all our foodstuff recipes before today’s global yearning era got started 😉
This is normal so don’t worry if your last purchase resulted differently; learn how distinguishing what variety suits best contextually next time!
Reason 3: Pollination
Dragonfruit plants rely on certain nocturnal creatures such as bats & moths for pollination purposes which help by spreading pollen from flower-to-flower throughout their natural habitats. Inconsistent pollination means inconsistency growth of the fruit, which might be unexpected to those who have seen it before on their plate already.
The whole process of pollination accounts for how dragon fruits go from a soft yellow coloration externally whilst still young compared to turning purple as time progresses alongside its lifespan until soon enough they’re ready for picking! Pollination can also occur via humans, though this option is less likely & more labor-intensive.
Besides these three reasons; temperature fluctuations and pests (Nematodes) could play a role in shifting colors too within dragonfruits hence always ensure an ideal tropical breeding ground when planting them if needed or consider sourcing alternatives.
Pro Tip: Use
mating disruption technique- where pheromones sprayed mimic female moths during mating season leading confused males away into venting outlets instead thus un-pregnating themselves naturally saving you more pesticide costs 😉
Can I Still Eat My Dragon Fruit?
Now that we’ve got to know why your Dragon Fruit may turn purple let’s talk about the important question of whether or not it’s safe to eat?!
Of course! Your Dragon Fruit is perfectly safe and healthy to consume regardless of what color its flesh may be. The only things you need to watch out for are any signs of mold or rotting since spoiled fruit isn’t healthy no matter what!
Not sure how best to serve your fresh dragonfruit? Just chop up and enjoy plain-like as cucumbers but better –
Here are some other funky ways:
- Make A “DragonFruit” Salad
- Make DragonFruit Smoothie Bowls
1.)Make A “DragonFruit” Salad!
If salads aren’t usually part fo your diet, this twist on typical cold dish offerings will give tangy flavor combined with sweet fruity taste loved by all ages without overpowering freshness wanting most times!
Just peel, chop and dice! Add some mint or lime juice for boosting zesty contrasts that’ll give guests comes wilding flavors competing against their regular herb favorites.
Here’s what you need to add:
- A few pieces of your favorite juicy fruits
- Dragonfruit slices
Pro Tip: Be sure to drain away any excess liquids after washing the dragon fruit berries before chopping them up into bite-sized pieces; this will prevent them from getting too watery when mixed with other ingredients
2.) Make DragonFruit Smoothie Bowls
Looking for an alternative breakfast option? Well look no further 😉 ! Our super-easy-to-make, tasty smoothie bowl recipe is perfect for anyone who likes to start their day off with a blast of energy — plus it takes only minutes!
The base ingredient is frozen bananas—add just enough liquid (like almond milk) and sliced up 20g tbsp pitaya cubes along with oatmeal packets, chia seeds toasted raw nuts mixture topped off drizzle honey – brings out sweetness making mornings better again thus allowing important tasks accomplished throughout daily routine instead always leaving people feeling tired by afternoon hours.
Don’t forget to take enough photos cause everyone wants insta-worthy foods nowadays more than ever before 😉 !
And there we have it, folks! There are many reasons why your dragon fruit may be purple on the inside such as Culinary Satisfaction, Species Variety & Pollination while temperature fluctuations or pests could also shift pigments but in most cases nothing to worry about if ripe yet healthy.
In any case though feel free being creative about how best consuming these nutritious fruits can be achieved like Salads or Smoothies then save taking proud food boomerangs once done preparing your next meal & share among friends-family alike!
Enjoy eating well today all,
Your stomachs (&, ultimately –heart)… will thank you later.
Have a fruitful day ahead everyone!