Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is also known as pitaya or pitahaya. It is the fruit of the dragon fruit cactus plant. These cactus plants bloom only at night and only a few times each year. Due to the night blooming, the pollination of these cactus plants is done by nocturnal creatures, such as moths and bats. A ripe dragon fruit should have a firm but yielding body with bright and even skin color. Its flesh can be white or pink, with black seeds scattered in the flesh; it has a mild taste with a blend of kiwi fruit and pear.

Nutritional Facts

The flesh of dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, a variety of Vitamin B and phosphorus. It can help to prevent cancer, lower inflammation and cholesterol levels, strengthen the immune system, and remove excess heavy metal toxins in the body. Dragon fruit is also effective in controlling type 2 diabetic patient’s blood glucose levels. Moreover, the seed in the fruit is also beneficial to human’s health; it contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are required in maintaining health.

Reference

Fruit Health Benefits. (2011). Dragon Fruit Nutrition. Retrieved from http://www.fruithealthbenefits.com/dragon-fruit-nutrition.shtml

Foodlywise. (2007) Dragon Fruit, Pitaya. Retrieved from http://dragonfruitpitaya.com/