Dragon Fruit Sorbet Recipe

Dragon fruit sorbet
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Ratings (18)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Freezing time without machine: 2 hrs
  • Yield: About 4 cups (serves up to 8)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
75 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 4 cups (serves up to 8)
Amount per serving
Calories 75
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Calcium 12mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy four-ingredient recipe for dragon fruit sorbet is a cooling, refreshing treat in a brilliant magenta color.

My first introduction to tropical dragon fruit was in the form of a sorbet at a high-end restaurant in Kraków, Poland, far away from any island paradise. 

Prior to the end of Soviet rule in Eastern Europe, the only fruits available were those locally grown. Now, produce from every corner of the world can be imported. See More About Dragon Fruit, below.

My experience with dragon fruit sorbet in Poland was so memorable, I recreated it back at home in the States and bring it to you here.

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe magenta-fleshed dragon fruits
  • 3/4 cup cold water (only if fruit is not ripe)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Optional: 4 tablespoons sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Follow steps for how to peel dragon fruit. Place dragon fruit in a food processor or blender. Add water (only if fruit isn't ripe and juicy), lemon juice and sugar, if using. Sometimes the fruit is sweet enough so additional sugar is not necessary. Purée until smooth.

  2. Pour purée into an ice cream maker and churn until frozen. Alternately, pour purée into a shallow pan and freeze. Allow about 10 minutes at room temperature for the sorbet to soften before serving. This process and recipe works well with other ripe fruits.

Note: If you start with frozen fruit, the churning process will be much quicker.

More About Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit comes in three varieties -- white-fleshed, pink-fleshed and magenta-fleshed (the sweetest)--and actually is a type of cactus with tiny edible black seeds similar to those in kiwi fruit.

Dragon fruit is originally from Mexico, Central America and South America and is now grown in Southern California and Florida. The fruit also is very popular in Cambodia, Thailand, and Malayasia. The flavor is reminiscent of watermelon, cactus pear, and kiwi.

Other Ways to Use Dragon Fruit

  • Thai Dragon Fruit Martini RecipeThis refreshing cocktail is made with white-fleshed dragon fruit, vodka, lime juice and optional coconut milk.

  • Tropical Thai Fruit Salad RecipeThis visual stunner is served in half of a pineapple. It can be accompanied by ice cream, whipped cream, or eaten on its own for a fresh-fruit feast.