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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 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

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

6 servings


  • 3 dragon fruit (pitahaya)
  • 1 pack (25 grams) 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 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. 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 Techniques

  • 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 into the mixture.
  • For a firmer jelly, reduce the amount of water.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 19, 2018:

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!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 19, 2018:

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 17, 2018:

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!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 17, 2018:

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.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 16, 2018:

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!

Leah from New York on September 16, 2018:

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 16, 2018:

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!

Leah from New York on September 16, 2018:

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

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