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Dragon Fruit Nutritional Value: Nutrition Facts

Updated on April 9, 2012

A beautiful Dragon Fruit!

Dragonfruit: The New Superfruit

Make way for the new, aptly-named superfruit, the dragonfruit! From pomegranates to açai berries, from goji berries to yumberries, the world has seen plenty of superfruits break into the market. Well, here comes another. The dragonfruit, also known as pitaya or pitahaya, is the latest entrant to the world of superfruits. Native to Central and South America and cultivated in places as diverse as Southeast Asia and Australia, this fruit from the cactus species come in three varieties – red skin with red flesh (widely considered to be the best-tasting), red skin with white flesh and yellow skin with white flesh.

Nutritional Value of Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruits are high in antioxidants, which help to fight carcinogenic free-radicals from forming in the body. In addition, they are a good source of Vitamin C, and are rich in minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. They are also low in calories and high in fiber, while the seeds are have high polyunsaturated fatty acids. Aside from its nutritional content, the fruit is also said to help excrete heavy metal toxins from the body and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Dragonfruits are also known to be a natural laxative.

How to eat dragon fruit

The fruit is roughly football-shaped, with a leathery, leafy skin. They are mildly sweet, though some may consider them to be bland. Dragonfruits are best served cold. To eat it, simply cut it in half, then scoop out the flesh with a spoon. The skin may not be eaten. Tip: save the middle of the fruit for last, as it is the sweetest part of the fruit.

Dragonfruit flesh is liberally scattered with little black seeds, drawing a comparison to kiwifruits. Like the kiwifruit, dragonfruit seeds are eaten together with the flesh. The crunchy seeds have a nutty taste and are high in lipids, although they are indigestible unless chewed.

A note of caution to end: do not be worried if your urine and faeces show a reddish discoloration after eating large amounts of red-fleshed dragonfruit. This is a natural effect, known as pseudohematuria, and is completely harmless.

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      chelsea 5 years ago

      my sister always eats dragon fruit at home and in tutor

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      YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Great information here . . . I saw one the other day and wondered . . . not I just gotta taste. Up, useful and interesting.

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      NP.QUEEN 5 years ago from Dubai

      yes jim i want to grow it in my garden.

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      jim 5 years ago

      grow it...they are easy to grow and is fast too.

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      NP.QUEEN 6 years ago from Dubai

      I was neglecting this beautiful amazing fruit till now.Now i am wishing to eat this fruit. I will buy it and eat. I want to know the taste of this unique fruit.

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      Judith 6 years ago

      I just bought my first dragon fruit yesterday. I ate half last night and the other half for lunch today. Mild tasting but a lovely texture and you just eat them with a spoon right out of the skin. The spoon works beautifully. Love it and will definitely be buying more.

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      basaria 6 years ago

      I get mine in NYC Chinatown from street venders for $4 per lb. If you buy them at indoor stores they are $6 per lb. Amazing fruit!!!

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      jim 6 years ago

      very tasty and come in their own bowl

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      SaLima 6 years ago

      I love dragon fruit !

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      aano 6 years ago

      This is really a bland,but sweet fruit!

      Is there perhaps a way to give information on how to grow these fruits?

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      someone 6 years ago

      the dragon fruit look EPIC!!!! i want one!!

    • profile image 6 years ago

      thank you for the information about dragon fruit. But the man who prepared the salad in the first video has dirty fingernails and handles the fruits with bare hands!

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      awsome101 7 years ago

      its so pink! i love it

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      ?????? 7 years ago

      I just had one today there amazing

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      bob 7 years ago

      they rock

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      Arlen 7 years ago

      I love the taste. It's wonderful!

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      Hanna 8 years ago

      I love the red pitaya, its delicious.