How to Make Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya) Jelly

Updated on August 1, 2019
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how to make dragon fruit (pitahaya) jelly
how to make dragon fruit (pitahaya) jelly | Source

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 that is 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 actually 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.

ingredients for pitahaya jelly
ingredients for pitahaya jelly | Source

Ingredients

  • 3 dragon fruit (pitahaya)
  • 1 pack (25 grams) jelly powder
  • sugar, for cooking the jelly
  • water, for cooking the jelly
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utensils for preparing pitahaya jelly
utensils for preparing pitahaya jelly | Source
utensils for cooking dragon fruit jelly
utensils for cooking dragon fruit jelly | Source

Utensils

For Preparing the Ingredients:

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

For Cooking the Dragon Fruit Jelly:

  • pot
  • whisk

For Presenting the Pitahaya Jelly:

  • jelly molder (optional)

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves six people

Instructions

  1. Scoop out and mash dragon fruit in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cook jelly mixture according to package instruction.
  3. Allow the gelatin to cool a bit. Add the mashed dragon fruit or pitahaya.
  4. Place the dragon fruit jelly mixture into a bowl or jelly molder.
  5. Keep the jelly inside the refrigerator to make it firm.
  6. Best serve when cold as a snack or dessert.

Finished Product

Tips and Techniques

  1. Adjust the sugar when cooking the jelly based on the sweetness of the dragon fruit.
  2. Use jelly or gelatin molder to come up with a beautiful presentation.
  3. Dilute the jelly powder and sugar into the water before allowing it to boil. This will avoid any lumps into the mixture.

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        13 months ago from California

        Hello Miebakagh,

        Really? Oh well, different places offer different fruits and vegetables so I think it's quite normal. Do you have passion fruit there? Nice to hear something from you again. Have a nice day!

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        13 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hi, Dred cuan, someday I will surely get the fruit. Take broccoli, for instance. It was relatively new in my area. Thank you.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        13 months ago from California

        HI Miebakagh,

        It's sad to know that you can't find this kind of fruit at your place. Hopefully, you get a chance to get it one so you can get to know the taste of it too. It's really nutritious so I can guarantee you that it's your kind of food! Cheers!

      • Miebakagh57 profile image

        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        13 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hey, Dred cuan, thanks for coming up with this recipe, and sharing. I learned of the dragon fruit months ago, and I am having difficulty trying to get it in my local marts where imported fruits and vegetables were sold. Iwillinformed the supermarts about some fruits that they should like to procure next.

        I am bookmarking the page for reference. Thank you again, and have a nice tine on HubPages.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        13 months ago from California

        Hello Leah,

        I agree with you. It is so interesting to eat this kind of fruit. But more than its appearance, it has lots of health benefits too. Maybe you find yourself interested trying my detox smoothie using dragon fruit. It's so easy to make as well. Cheers!

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        Leah 

        13 months ago from New York

        I did enjoy it! It's such a visually appealing fruit too. I'll have to give this a shot next time!

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        13 months ago from California

        Hi Leah,

        Nice to know that. Did you enjoy eating it? Maybe next time you purchase it again, you can try this recipe. I can assure you that is all worth it! Thanks for dropping by!

      • LeahsKosherFix profile image

        Leah 

        13 months ago from New York

        I just recently tried dragon fruit for the first time, and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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