Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

Dragon fruit is low in calories, and contains numerous nutrients, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants.  This plant is actually a type of cactus! They are also known as Pitahaya or Strawberry Pear. The flesh of this fruit comes with 2 types of colours, white and red.  As you can see, the one I bought is red, I think that it is sweeter than the white variety. Get the really ripe ones for a sweet fruit.  The way to eat it is by cutting it  in half crosswise and just use a spoon to dig in, just like kiwifruit. Another method will be to peel off the skin and then slice the juicy flesh.

This fruit weighs 800gm!  I only use half the fruit to make about 1.5 litre of ice-cream.

This is how the flesh of the fruit looks like, with tiny black seeds which are edible 

Have you seen or eaten this fruit before?  It makes very good ice-cream!  This ice-cream is really creamy and it doesn't take very long to churn.  Mine took only about 15-20 minutes for it to turn thick and creamy!  The great thing is you don't need to take it out of the freezer to soften it before eating, just take it out and dig in!  It is so easy to scoop!

Dragon Fruit Ice-Cream
(makes about 1.5 litres)
Ingredients :
350gm dragon fruit, peeled and blended into a puree
100gm brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
juice of half a lemon
300ml whipping cream

Method :
Put first 4 ingredients in a saucepan, stir and bring to boil at low heat until slightly thick.   You may adjust sugar or lemon juice to taste. Remove from heat and leave to cool in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours  or overnight.  
Stir in whipping cream and use a hand whisk or a fork to evenly combine.
Churn it into your ice cream maker and freeze overnight.  Enjoy!


  1. That dragon fruit is so beautiful! I saw one in the grocery a couple of weeks ago, and it cost almost ten dollars for just one of them! I'll just have to look at your ice cream and imagine how good it tastes- it looks so creamy and delicious! Maybe someday I'll find a dragon fruit that's not quite so expensive. :)

  2. The colour of dragon fruit is simply tempting! The ice cream looks so creamy and smooth.

  3. Yum, yum, can I just have a taste? I grow dragon fruits. You turn them into yummy ice-cream for me, ya?

  4. It looks delicious! I will be looking for dragon fruit now.

  5. Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    I feel that way too with the berries sold in the supermarket, the prices are extremely expensive!

    Hi Angie,
    Yes, the dragon fruit has a lovely red colour and it makes a delightful creamy ice-cream.

    Hi One,
    Sure! Lucky you, able to harvest every few months!

    Hi Pam,
    Dragon fruit makes really creamy ice-cream!

  6. Such a delicious and beautiful looking ice cream..

  7. i havent seen this fruit before...icecream looks super yummy.... :)

  8. Between white and red flesh, I prefer the white ones as they are less messy. But using the red ones for making ice-cream is a great idea. Besides, these are nutricious. I'm sure my daughter will enjoy this recipe too.

  9. Dragon fruit are so pretty! I never had one before! The ice cream looks so scrumptious! Will have to try it now.

  10. I have just discovered this fascinating fruit as they grow very well in Florida apparently. Thank you for the fabulous ice cream idea and recipe! I just signed up to follow your fabulous blog. Stop by and visit sometime at Looking forward to you next delicious post - Cheers!

  11. What a beautiful looking fruit...I've never seen one of these before! It almost doesn't look like from this time period. Very interesting...and sounds like it's sweetness is very appropriate for ice cream. Thx for an informative post!

  12. do we get to sample some this weekend??

  13. I used to buy these Dragon fruit in Mexico (*in Latin America they are also called pitaya)What beautiful ice cream they seem to make. What a great idea! Seems very refreshing too.

  14. An ice cream on a hot sunday... is a true paradise delight! But somehow I like dragon fruits with white flesh, I don't know why, probably the taste suits me better... ~bangchik

  15. Hi Priya,
    Thank you.

    Hi Lena Rashmin Raj,
    Thank you for visiting. Hope to see you again. Have a nice day.

    Hi Autumn Belle,
    Dragon fruit is one of my daughter's favourite fruit too. Yes, the red flesh makes a creamy ice-cream!

    Hi Reeni,
    The juicy red flesh is indeed striking!

    Hi Stephanie Savors The Moment,
    Welcome to my blog and thank you for joining!
    It is good to know that you can get this fruit in Florida, try out this ice cream and let me know whether you like it! Will definitely pay you a visit soon. Have a nice day!

    Hi Cristina,
    You are right! It doesn't look like from this time zone! A perfect way to describe! Thanks for dropping by.

    Hi What's Baking,
    If not this weekend, then some other weekend! The freezer is full (you know why!, the party!!)

    Hi Dee,
    Great, you can get this in Mexico! Try turning it into ice cream and enjoy!

    Hi Bangchik,
    Yup, ice cream are always a hit anyday!

  16. I have never seen or eaten dragon fruit before but, know I would enjoy it.

    The ice cream is beautiful. On a hot day this would be so refreshing. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Wat a beautiful ice pretty n colorful....

  18. Hi Velva,
    Hi Vrinda,
    Yes, dragon fruit does make a pretty ice cream. Thanks for dropping by!

  19. I've seen and eaten fresh dragon fruit. I must say this ice cream is outrageous haha. It's the first time I've seen in an ice cream appearance. I'm pretty sure I could finish it up myself! Great work.

  20. Hi Tanantha,
    Thank you for dropping by! Thanks for your lovely comment. Hope you'll give this a try someday!

  21. Wah, first time I see red dragon fruit. I always thought it's white color!!

  22. This must be an amazing ice cream...Your photos are lovely :) I have not tried dragon fruit but this is inspiring me to do so...

  23. Hi petite nyonya,
    Will bring you a red dragon fruit and some ice cream one day!

    Hi Magic of Spice,
    This is one special fruit! It makes a very creamy ice cream. Thanks for dropping by.

  24. My husband grows this, i'm in Hawaii and it grows like a weed. Made your recipe today and I think next time i'll back off on the sugar added, it is way too sweet for our taste, nice and fluffy ice cream though