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