Dried Fruit | Where to Buy Dried Dragon Fruit / Buy Dried Pitaya Fruit
Inside the US the best place where to buy dragon fruit dried may be your local Trader Joe's organic market. If your Trader Joe's doesn't have ready for you to buy pitaya fruit as the dried dragon fruit in stock, ask them to order dragon fruit specially for you. They usually have a supply of the dried pitaya fruit from their dried fruit supplier in Thailand, but if not, they may not immediately offer to order pitaya for you unless you ask. Trader Joe's is not always the most reliable source where to buy dragon fruit, but it is always worth looking or asking for them to order dragon fruit for you there. The dried dragon fruit Trader Joe's markets sell are the pink fleshed or purple fleshed variety. In these dried fruits the purple flesh color becomes very very dark. If you live outside the US you should check to find local growers of fresh pitaya fruit to ask where to buy pitahaya fresh, but just as likely they may also sell the dried pitahaya fruit during off season or tell you a good source near you where to buy dragon fruit dried. If you are out of luck, try contacting some of the growers in Australia who will let you buy dried pitaya fruit off season.
For those of us in the US, if people keep asking to buy dragon fruit at Trader Joe's, maybe one day Trader Joe's will do a better job to make sure and keep the dried fruit in stock! All too often they have run out of their dried pitaya fruit altogether. :(
Fresh Fruit | Where to Buy Fresh Dragon Fruit / Buy Fresh Pitahaya Fruit
Inside the US because of import restrictions on fresh pitaya fruit (on account of pest control) finding where to buy fresh dragon fruit is not as easy because the fresh fruit is much harder to come by. If you are lucky to find where to buy pitaya fruit fresh at a local market be sure to buy some. If you found a new place where to buy dragon fruit, so you are buying fresh dragon fruit or buying fresh pitaya from an unknown vendor, if you can, try a piece of the fresh fruit before you buy pitahaya too much because the quality of the fresh dragon fruit in the US may vary depending upon the source. Buying fresh pitahaya fruit is not as straightforward as buying dried dragon fruit. The properly ripened fresh pitaya fruit does not ship well and is very delicate in texture. For this reason, a lot of commercial pitaya fruit sellers pick too early, and the fruit you end up with is not very flavorful.