Dragon Fruit: Precious, Exotic & Super Healthy


THE WONDERFUL CASE of the dragon fruit with its dense flesh and its mystifying appearance that resembles of a rosebud is that it grows on cactuses in subtropical areas in South America and Asia. And it arrives on the American shores from far-reaching countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. The preciousness of the dragon fruit arises from the fact that its flower lives only one night. Also called "moonflower", it blooms from evening to midnight, and it is pollinated by moths and bats. By the dawn of the following morning, the flower dies, but the cactus bears the fruit six times during the same year.

The dragon fruit has a red or yellow skin, but its flesh is white with an abundance of small, black, edible seeds. It tastes mildly sweet, resembling of a combination of kiwi and pear, and has a crunchy texture. To savor it, slice the fruit lengthwise in which case you can scoop the flesh out, or you may quarter it so that you can peel its skin. back. However, make sure you eat only the white part of the fruit removing any pink elements because they taste bitter.

The benefits of eating dragon fruits can be found in strengthening the immune system, healing of bruises and wounds faster, to reducing respiratory problems. They are rich in antioxidants. They contain vitamin C, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are known to reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders, and multiple B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism. The fruits are loaded with carotene and proteins and bears zero complex carbohydrates which mean that the foods can be more easily broken down in the body when helped by vitamin B1 (thiamin) and other B vitamins. Finally, the fruit carries significant amounts of the phytochemical captin- known to be used as a medication to handle heart diseases, while the seed itself contains an oil that has mild laxative benefits.

With that said in mind, we found 5 amazing recipes, which you could also find on our Pinterest Dragon Fruit board that we are sure will give you new ways to enjoy this amazing fruit.

Tropical Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Dragon Fruit & Rambutans

Get the recipe here: Passionate About Baking

PHOTO: Passionate about Baking

Dragon Fruit Compote

Get the recipe here: Kitchen JS

PHOTO: Kitchen JS

Dragon Fruit Cheesecake

Get the recipe here: Eat Drink Shrink

PHOTO: Eat Drink Shrink

Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Get the recipe here: See and Savour

PHOTO: See and Savour

Dragon Fruit & Banana Ice Cream

Get the recipe here: In My Red Kitchen

PHOTO: In My Red Kitchen

Tropical Dragon Fruit Popsicle

Get the recipe here: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

PHOTO: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe

Get the recipe here: Sober Julie

PHOTO: Sober Julie


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