My hands is reddish. Oh! Does it look like blood?
Please do not judge me! I never did anything wrong. I just held a dragon fruit pulp and my hands became red.
These dragon fruits are red variety. I never know its exact species. I tried comparing it on-line but but I am still confused. Ha ha! I am not a good biologist.
There are three dragon fruits according to color: 1) The white dragon fruit – peel color is pinkish to red and the pulp is white with numerous dark soft seeds. 2) The red dragon fruit – the peel color is pinkish to red, the pulp is red (as seen in picture below) with numerous dark soft seeds. and 3) The yellow dragon fruit – the peel is yellow but the pulp is similar to white species, white with numerous dark soft seeds.
They are claiming that red colored dragon fruit is better than white. That is not true for me, it is just a matter of eye perception. Red color foods are more appealing than white. Tasting the two with a blindfold will tell the real taste difference. I have no idea about the yellow variety. I have never seen it yet here.
This dragon fruit is indeed red. I noticed that the extracted juice looks similar to allura red. It can be use as food coloring for cooking purposes. Perhaps for shelf stable foods. I am hoping that red pigment would last for long, at least six months.
I will store some extracted juice for observation.
The last picture was taken from Make Dragon Fruit and Peel Enzyme.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.