Dragonfruit (pitaya) cactus fruit is known for its beauty, succulence, bulk and health benefits. Although it is widespread in tropical forests, the varieties most favored for commercial use are often farmed. Left on its own, it spreads like a vine across the ground and up into trees. Farmers control them within support frames. There are many varieties of these multi-branched, sprawling plants. Dragonfruit’s frequently-farmed favorite is Hylocereus undatus, which is now commonly found in grocery stores and is the source species used in NP Nutra’s formulations. Hylocereus flowers can grow up to 12 inches long; the fruits are larger than a softball and can weigh up to four pounds. The fruits present a colorful display of fuchsia to red with showy green spines.
Regular consumption of Dragonfruit products assists with respiratory health. Additionally, dragonfruit is a great source of Vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3, as well as calcium, phosphorous, iron, lycopene and fiber. The fruit is also packed with powerful antioxidants called phytoalbumins which can assist in heavy metal detoxification.
Dragonfruit is not only cholesterol-free but also free of saturated and trans-fats which help promote healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The seeds are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
Altogether, Dragonfruit is aptly named—as powerful as a dragon—a nutrient-rich, high-bulk food source.
It is very good eaten cold, spooned out of the shell or sliced. A complete dessert without the need for added sugar. Blended with an equal amount of water and a dash of lime juice, it’s great frozen as a sorbet. Freeze the empty half-shells and serve the sorbet in the shells.
Beautiful and delicious!
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December 02, 2014