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How to Make Dragon Fruit Sauce

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how to make dragon fruit sauce

how to make dragon fruit sauce

Making Dragon Fruit Sauce

Depending on where you live, dragon fruit might be one of the most expensive fruits in the world. In Southeast Asian countries, where it is locally grown, it might cost around $5 to $6 per kilo (about 2 to 3 fruits). In countries where the fruit must be imported, however, it can be much more expensive.

Dragon fruit is not quite as sweet as many other fruits, but I love its taste and texture. I decided to create a recipe for a sauce that I could use anytime, in a variety of different ways. I have used it in drinks; for example, I have added it to my ginger tea. I have also drizzled it on top of ice cream and pancakes. The sauce is quite versatile; you can add it to anything you like!

If properly stored inside your refrigerator, this sauce may last three or so months.

The recipe requires only three ingredients to make, and it's very tasty. I hope you enjoy!

ingredients for dragon fruit sauce

ingredients for dragon fruit sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dragon fruit, mashed (at least 2 to 3 medium-sized fruits)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • potato masher
  • blender

For Cooking:

  • sauce pan
  • cooking spoon

For Storing:

  • bottle or dispenser
  • funnel

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

2 cups

Dragon Fruit Sauce Step-by-Step Procedure

Instructions

  1. Combine dragon fruit and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over the low heat.
  2. Stir the mixture until it comes to a boil.
  3. Add vanilla extract. Continue stirring to prevent burning.
  4. Let it cool before putting it in a blender.
  5. Blend the mixture until achieving the desired texture.
  6. Transfer the dragon fruit sauce to a sealed container for future use.

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use dragon fruit sauce as a topping, flavoring, etc.
  2. Add more sugar if desired.
  3. Adjust the amount of vanilla extract if using a brand with strong vanilla essence.
  4. For a thinner consistency, add more water.
  5. If you prefer to maintain the texture of the dragon fruit, don't use a blender.
dragon fruit drink using our homemade dragon fruit sauce

dragon fruit drink using our homemade dragon fruit sauce

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  • How to Make Dragon Fruit Apple Lemonade
    Have you ever tried dragon fruit, also called pitahaya? It's one of my favorite fruits! This is my recipe for dragon fruit apple lemonade.

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Comments

Liz Westwood from UK on October 16, 2018:

Thanks for the tip. We have had a lovely ham dish at Christmas sometimes and you certainly know about it if you get a clove in your mouth.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 15, 2018:

Hi, Dred cuan, thanks for the compliments!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hi Miebakagh,

I hope you'll spot even at least once! You will definitely enjoy eating those. Have a nice day!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 15, 2018:

Hello, Dred cuan, thanks for the information. However, I am watching in supermarts where foreign fruits were sold to get a look at this wonderful Dragon Fruit.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hello Liz,

In some recipes like sauces, cloves are grind before mixing it into something. I think they could do the same. Another technique on that is to add cloves into any wet ingredients then remove it before adding the liquid to the dry ingredients. It's the safest way to use cloves.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hi Miebakagh,

Yes, it's hard to find dragon fruit in UK as well. This fruit is grown in certain areas only, which makes it expensive in some places.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

Thanks for the advice, Dred. A friend made an apple sponge pudding recently with cloves in it. Great for flavour, but we had to be careful not to eat the cloves.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 14, 2018:

@dred cuan & Liz, substitutes noted. But dragon fruit not found in the Uk? This is terrific. I thought it should be abundant in a European country. Here in Nigeria, I had the same problem, because it is not a native to my state. Enjoy the day.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 14, 2018:

Hello Liz,

Dragon fruit has its own distinctive appeal. I can't think of any other fruits closer to its characteristics. But when it comes to the color, you can make use of other fruits such as raspberry or strawberry. This process of making a sauce is something you can apply to any other fruits. If preferred, simply add other spices like cinnamon, clove, or others to give your sauce a distinctive taste.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

I am guessing that this recipe could also be adapted for other red fruit as dragonfruit is not easily found in the UK.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 13, 2018:

Hi Miebakagh,

It's good to know. You will not regret it for sure! I hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful day!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 13, 2018:

Hi, Dred cuan, noted. And I will cook it for my enjoyment and family.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 13, 2018:

Hello Miebakagh,

Yes! Sticky rice is cooked with coconut milk and sugar. Then topped with sliced ripe mangoes. It tastes heaven!

At times I eat ripe mangoes with plain rice too. Eating it with rice lessens its sweetness.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 13, 2018:

Hey, Dred cuan, did I heard you say mangoes with sticky rice? Mango being my favorite fruit goes with rice? Mangoes are now out of season in my state. But will try it with imported varieties. Thanks,

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 13, 2018:

Hi Miebakagh,

Useful information about Mayo Clinic, thank you! I personally love mangoes especially if it comes with sticky rice, thai style. Thailanders call this dessert as mango sticky rice. It's absolutely delicious.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 13, 2018:

Hello, Dred cuan, many thanks for the friendly response. WI-Mango is somehow slightly acidic. Indian mango when fully ripe is sugar. I mostly eat the semi-ripe fruits, or green mangoes entire. This usually helps diabetes patients.

I have written stories about all these and published on HubPages. For example, the famous Mayo Clinic has resorted to using mango chutney and salsa for treating diabetes!

Your recipe speaks to value. Thanks again, and enjoy the weekend.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 12, 2018:

HI Miebakagh,

I am not sure how sweet these mangoes are but I think I will recommend omitting the sugar in case you'll be using it. Just a friendly reminder too, if I'm not mistaken, mangoes are usually high in sugar so it's not recommendable to people who have diabetes. Whatever fruits you wish to use in making a sauce, just try adding any spices that enhance its flavor. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Cheers!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 12, 2018:

Hello Mary,

I tried a couple of recipes out of dragon fruit already. If you're interested, you can check out my profile on that or the link below the article. I hope to create more exciting dragon fruit recipes in the future. Have a blessed weekend!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 12, 2018:

Hi Pamela,

I would recommend that you try it. You won't surely regret it. Plus the fact that you can stock it inside your refrigerator for a longer period of time will assure you that it won't end up being overripe. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 12, 2018:

Hey, Dred cuan, many thanks for coming up with another fruity recipe. Unfortunately, I still have not taken hold of the Dragon Fruit in my state. However, some days I will, and I will store the fruit aplenty in my deep freezer. Does it sound right?

Moreover, I think other fruits like the Wi-mango can be a good replacement for the DF at the moment. Good day!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2018:

This is interesting. I have only eaten dragon fruit fresh but never thought of making sauce out of these fruits.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 12, 2018:

This recipe is so simple and does not take much time, which is good. I have never had dragon fruit, but I would like to try it. Thanks.