How Do You Store Dragon Fruit The Best?

Storing dragon fruit properly ensures it stays fresh and retains its quality.

We do recomend eating within 2-3 days of picking so you get all the best nutrients.

Here are the best methods for storing dragon fruit:

Whole Dragon Fruit

  1. Room Temperature:

    • Duration: Dragon fruit can be kept at room temperature if you plan to consume it within a few days.
    • Conditions: Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent it from ripening too quickly.
  2. Refrigeration:

    • Duration: If you want to keep dragon fruit fresh for up to two weeks, store it in the refrigerator. The option temperature should be 7-9c degrees. 
    • Preparation: Place the fruit in a plastic bag or an airtight container to prevent moisture loss and absorption of odors from other foods. I like adding paper towel to soak up any condensation. This stops the dragon fruit from being soiled. 

Cut Dragon Fruit

1. Refrigeration:

  • Duration: Once cut, dragon fruit should be consumed within a few days.
  • Preparation: Place the cut pieces in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Store the container in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and prevent the fruit from drying out.

2. Freezing:
  • Preparation: To freeze dragon fruit, first, peel and cut it into small pieces.
  • Flash Freeze: Arrange the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for about an hour. This prevents the pieces from sticking together.
  • Storage: Transfer the frozen pieces into a freezer-safe bag or container. Label with the date and return them to the freezer.
  • Usage: Frozen dragon fruit is best used in smoothies, desserts, or as a refreshing snack.

      Tips for Optimal Storage

      • Check Ripeness: Store dragon fruit at room temperature until it ripens. A ripe dragon fruit will give slightly to pressure, similar to a kiwi or avocado.
      • Avoid Moisture: Keep the fruit dry to prevent mold growth. If washing before storage, ensure it's thoroughly dried.
      • Separate Storage: Store dragon fruit separately from ethylene-producing fruits like apples and bananas, as ethylene can speed up the ripening process.

      By following these methods, you can maximize the shelf life and enjoyment of your dragon fruit.