3 Ways to Store Pitaia

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3 Ways to Store Pitaia
3 Ways to Store Pitaia

The pitaya is not just a beautiful tropical fruit with a sweet taste: it has many health benefits. Despite so many benefits, this fruit spoils very quickly after fully ripening. By choosing the best storage strategy for your needs and knowing how to identify spoiled fruit, you will be able to savor it for much longer.


Method 1 of 3: Short Term Storage

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Step 1. Do not peel or cut the pitaya before putting it away

Peeling or chopping fruit before storage can significantly reduce shelf life. Take it straight from the grocery bag to the storage location so it stays fresh.

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Step 2. Leave the fruit on the table for two to three days

If you're going to eat the pitaya for the next few days, put it on the kitchen table. It will last a few days outdoors, but don't cut or peel it first.

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Step 3. Keep the pitaya for up to two weeks in the refrigerator

Placing the fruit in the refrigerator will slow down the ripening process. Put it in a closed container or bag first. It will last up to two weeks or more in the fridge.

The pitaya can be affected by other foods in the fridge, leaving the taste a little different. To prevent this from happening, leave it well sealed

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Step 4. Place the cut fruit in a closed container in the refrigerator

If you have already cut the pitaya and want to keep it, remove the hoopoe from the shell and place it in a closed container or plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible to keep the fruit fresh.

The cut pitaya will only last a few days before it spoils, even in a closed container. To slow down the process, pour lemon juice over the fruit pulp to make it fresh

Method 2 of 3: Long Term Storage

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Step 1. Cut the fruit into small pieces before freezing it

To preserve the pitaya for a longer period of time, it will need to be frozen. Peel it and cut it and small cubes.

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Step 2. Place the cubes on a baking sheet with parchment paper

Do not let either cube touch the other to make it easier to remove them when they are frozen.

In the absence of the roasting pan, place the pitaya on a plate. Remove frozen fruit with a spatula or other kitchen tool

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Step 3. Freeze the pieces of pitaya overnight

To allow the cubes to freeze completely, place the tray or baking sheet in the freezer overnight. Make it very straight so the cubes don't slip.

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Step 4. Transfer cubes to a closed container or plastic bag

When they are already frozen, remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a closed container or plastic bag to keep them cool and protected.

  • Remove as much air as you can to keep the pitayas as fresh as possible.
  • Label the container or bag with the date before taking it to the freezer to find out how long the fruit has been there.
  • The pitaya should last several months in the freezer.
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Step 5. Use the frozen pitaya to make purees and smoothies

Freezing the fruit prevents it from decomposing quickly, but it also alters the texture and flavor a bit. If you want to keep the texture firm and the flavor fresh, don't freeze it. The best option is to use the pitaya in vitamins and other pureed foods without defrosting them first.

It will wilt and soak when completely thawed

Method 3 of 3: Recognizing spoiled fruit

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Step 1. Check that the fruit has an opaque color, which indicates that it is no longer fresh

If you have left the pitaya in the fridge or freezer for a long time, the color will start to fade. If it's a little opaque, cut the fruit to see if it's still edible.

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Step 2. Check the outer layer for cracks

If you notice any cracks or openings in the bark of the pitaya, it is no longer fresh. Cracks are a sign that the fruit is spoiled and damaged.

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Step 3. Check that the fruit has not suffered freezer burn

It's okay to have some ice in the pitah, but make sure it's not completely burned. Fruit with freezer burn will be almost completely white and have a different texture, and may have a very mild taste.

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Step 4. Look for a brown pulp

If you don't know if the pitaya will be spoiled by analyzing the outside, cut it. If it's brown inside, it's time to throw it away.


  • Wash the pitaya before consuming it.
  • If you've picked or purchased an oatmeal that isn't yet ripe, leave it on the kitchen table for a few days to ripen.

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