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How to Make Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya) Jelly

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Learn how to make dragon fruit (pitahaya) jelly!

Learn how to make dragon fruit (pitahaya) jelly!

Jelly From Dragon Fruit

Jelly (or gelatin) is a dessert made with sweetened or unsweetened collagen from animals. A vegetarian form can be made from seaweed.

Dragon fruit, also known as pitahaya or pitaya, is a fruit from a cactus family usually found in Southeast Asia, Australia, and the United States. This fruit offers many health benefits, which is why I like to eat it. It cleanses my stomach within a few hours after consumption.

I decided to create a new recipe with this fruit that will satisfy my sweet tooth, something that I can enjoy as a snack or dessert. Follow my easy steps for making dragon fruit jelly at home.



Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

6 servings


  • 3 dragon fruits (pitahaya)
  • 1 pack (25 grams) unflavored red jelly powder
  • sugar, for cooking the jelly
  • water, for cooking the jelly


For Preparation:

  • 2 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • potato masher or fork

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • whisk

For Presenting:

  • jelly molder (optional)


  1. Scoop out and mash the dragon fruit in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cook the jelly mixture according to the package instructions (the amount of sugar and water required will be specified by the package instructions).
  3. Allow the gelatin to cool a bit. Add the mashed dragon fruit.
  4. Place the dragon fruit jelly mixture into a bowl or jelly molder.
  5. Place the jelly in the refrigerator to make it firm.
  6. Serve as a snack or dessert. Best served cold.
Dragon fruit jelly, ready to serve!

Dragon fruit jelly, ready to serve!

Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust the sugar when cooking the jelly based on the sweetness of the dragon fruit.
  • Use jelly or gelatin molder to come up with a beautiful presentation.
  • Dilute the jelly powder and sugar into the water before allowing it to boil. This will avoid any lumps in the mixture.
  • For a firmer jelly, reduce the amount of water.
  • Choose red color unflavored jelly for a brighter color of dragon fruit jelly.

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