Dragon Fruit Some Facts
Family :- Hycocereus Undatus Family
Dragon Fruit is an elegant,exotic fruit. The fruit is red or yellow in colour. The plants are native of South and Central America. Now it can be see in South East Asian countries also.
The Dragon Fruit plant is a member of the cactus family but it can produce beautiful succulent juicy fruit and also growing well in dry areas. The edible inner fleshy part is red, white, or pink in colour with very small dotted seeds like kiwi. It is also known as Pitaya fruit or Pitahaya fruit.It can use as juice or in cocktails and beverages.It is good to eat with ice-cream. It can add in fruit salad.
The Dragon Fruit Plant blooms only at night. The flowers are very beautiful, aroma filled and whitecoloured known as “ Moon Flowers”. It blooms for only one night. This peculiar flower is about 14 inches long. So the plant is nick named as “Queen of the Night”.
How to eat Dragon Fruit -: Simply cut into two halves. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. The skin is scaly and not an eatable part. The middle part of the fruit is sweetest than the other parts. So it is good to keep that part seperately and can eat last.Seeds can be eaten together with the flesh which are high in lipids.
Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit
This fruit has lot of health benefits.
The carotene present in the fruit is helpful for the good eye sight.
It is a source of protein, vitamin B1,B2,B3 and C.
The calcium present in the fruit is good for the bone formation and healthy teeth.
The phosphorus present in the fruit is helping in tissue formation.
It is rich in antioxidant and fiber which is good for the health of liver.
It is good for controlling glucose blood sugar levels and so useful for type two diabetic patients.
It has the power to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Another important feature is that it helps to excrete toxins from the body.
It can use as juice or in cocktails and beverages.
It is good to eat with ice-cream.
It can add in fruit salad.
Nutrients in Dragone Fruit | Value
Water-- 83.0 g
Protein-- 0.229 g
Phosphorus-- 36.1 mg
Niacin-- 0.430 mg
Calcium-- 8.8 g
Fiber-- 0.9 g