Pitaya or Dragon Fruit Photography By Nikolai Chernichenko

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya and all you might want to know about it is a topic of my today’s article.

Canada gave me access to a variety of fruits and veggies I had no clue about before. Some of them, I knew existing, but how do they taste and how can be cooked was a mystery. So, again and again, thank you Canada!

One of my precious discoveries was Pitaya, or Dragon Fruit. I am always interested about fruit or vegetable origin and what plant family it belongs to.

So, Pitaya grows on the Honolulu Queen Cactus, whose flowers open only at night. Flowers sometimes are called “moonflower” or “Queen of the night. The pungent flowers are pollinated by moths and bats. Wow!

In tropical and subtropical regions in South America and Asia, the dragon fruit grows in abundance. But today, it is grown all over the world. Mainly cultivated in South Florida, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Taiwan and Malaysia.

The flavor is mildly sweet, like a blend of kiwi and pear, and it has a crunchy texture.

The most widely available variety has white pulp with black seeds. The less common variety has red pulp with black seeds.

Dragon Fruit health benefits:
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces risk of cancer
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves digestion
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Anti-Aging

Dragon fruit contains a high amount of fiber that helps a person stabilize his blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is good for a diabetic.

Dragon fruit

Photography by Brooke Lark

Dragon Fruit is a SUPERFOOD. So, let’s see why?!
  1. Pitaya is reach in Magnesium that helps increase your energy. As well helps relax muscles, nerves and anxiety which all lead to better sleep.
  2. High in Fiber that help reduce the risks of heart disease, control blood sugar levels, maintain bowel health and normalize bowel movements, lower cholesterol levels, and aid in achieving healthy weight.
  3. Contains Antioxidants that help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals that can cause heart disease and cancer.
  4. Rich in Vitamin C – strengthen immune system
  5. Rich in Vitamin B2 and other B group vitamins – Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin. Very high water content.
  6. Seeds of dragon fruits are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders.

In plus, strengthen bones and teeth, promote healthy blood and tissue formation, heal bruises and wounds faster and prevent respiratory problems.

The best to eat it chilled, chopped into cubes. Another option is to add to a fruit salad or blended into a refreshing drink or smoothie. My 4 years old daughter loves it! She calls it her favorite fruit!

As a conclusion, here is ideas summary for Dragon Fruit Serving:

  • Slice it up, sprinkle lemon and eat
  • Chop and add to your salad
  • Chop into small pieces and add to your Greek yogurt
  • Add to your Smoothie
Dragon fruit Smoothie

Photography by Brooke Lark

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