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Dragon fruit is a beau­ti­ful, exotic fruit grown in South­east Asia, Mex­ico, Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, and Israel.

While not com­mon­place, they seem to be show­ing up a lot lately in gro­cery stores across the nation.

This trop­i­cal cac­tus fruit is del­i­cately sweet with a mildly acidic fla­vor, rem­i­nis­cent of water­melon, cac­tus pear, and kiwi.
The fruit comes in three col­ors; two have a pink outer skin, but with two dif­fer­ent col­ored flesh (one white and the other has a red inte­rior. The third one has an exte­rior yel­low skin with white flesh.

All three types have tiny, edi­ble black seeds (very sim­i­lar to those found inside Kiwi). The seeds should be chewed in order to be fully digested.

Less well known as other pow­er­house fruits, dragon fruit qual­i­fies as a Super­food. Some­times known as pitaya, this trop­i­cal delight is giv­ing acai a run for its money. Com­pa­nies like Pitaya Plus sell juices, smoothie packs, and even pitaya bowls.

The wealth of health ben­e­fits include: the abil­ity to lower cho­les­terol, boost the immune sys­tem, pre­vent can­cer and heart dis­ease, aid in weight loss, improve diges­tion, boost energy, and defend against bac­te­ria and fungi.

Dragon fruit assists in the over­all func­tion­ing of the body’s sys­tems.

How to choose? Look for bright, even-​colored skin. If the fruit has a lot of blotches, it may be over-​ripe (hav­ing just a few is nor­mal).

Hold the dragon fruit in the palm of the hand. It should yield to the gen­tle pres­sure of the thumb of fin­gers. It should not be too soft or mushy. If it’s very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days.

Cut­ting the fruit: Place the fruit on a cut­ting board or other clean sur­face. Cut the fruit straight down the mid­dle with a sharp knife. It will cut quite eas­ily.

Remove the Flesh: The inte­rior fruit is eas­ily scooped out with a spoon, as we would treat an avo­cado. The fruit can be sliced, diced or cubed from this point. Note: the skin is not edi­ble.

Smooth­ies and fruit sal­ads are both pop­u­lar ways to treat dragon fruit. Sim­ply sliced with fresh squeezed lime juice on top is a great morn­ing or evening snack.

The melon-​like tex­ture of the Dragon Fruit makes it ideal for blend­ing in drinks as well as using in sorbets.


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