Is Dragon Fruit the Next “It” Food?

by in Healthy Tips, December 9, 2013

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There’s a new super food in town. Is the oddly gorgeous dragon fruit poised to be the next pomegranate?

Dragon fruit has recently been making appearances in everything from herbal teas to yogurts. Dragon-fruit-infused liquors are showing up on cocktail menus — and the scent is even being featured in candles and dish soap.

What Is Dragon Fruit?
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a white-fleshed fruit adorned with petite black edible seeds. Vibrant green leaves shoot from its fuchsia skin. Some varieties have yellow skin and darker flesh.

Fresh, dried and canned dragon fruit can be found at some specialty markets and online. The fruits can get expensive, with some fresh imports selling for more than $10 apiece.

Dragon fruit is low in calories and high in vitamin C and fiber. The seeds contain a small amount of heart-healthy fats and the flesh boasts cell-protecting antioxidants like lycopene and the lesser known phytoalbumins.

Despite its show-stopping appearance and ferocious name, dragon fruit has a mild watermelon-like flavor with a soft and somewhat grainy texture. It pairs well with the sweetness of berries, kiwi and honey.

Dragon fruits are in season from late summer through December. The fruit — which forms from a nocturnal cactus plant that blooms at night (under a full moon no less) — is native to Central and South America and is now domestically grown in Hawaii, California and southern Florida.

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Comments (5)

  1. Lim Wai Yee says:

    Dragon fruit grows abundantly in Southeast Asia as well (I am originally from Malaysia). And, there is another variety of the dragon fruit which has red-colored flesh. Tastes the same and has the same nutritional value.

  2. Larson says:

    I love Dragon fruit!! It is my favorite in Viet Nam.

  3. Dianna says:

    Very common in SE Asia. Available widely and so good!

  4. Nana Connie says:

    First had dragon fruit in Hong Kong and love it. Have been able to buy at the Asian markets in my area for the last couple of years. I prefer the red color variety over the white. A little pricey but worth the $ for a smashing dessert.

  5. Chris says:

    Dragon Fruit is so good. When I can't find it at my local farmers market, I sometimes grab these smoothies packs at Whole Foods. They don't always have them, but it's surprising how consistent the taste is from a frozen pack. Pitaya Plus is the name of the company. Amazing color when you make smoothies too.

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