Dragon Fruit or Pitaya or Pitahaya

 

What Is Dragon Fruit?

Dragon fruit or Pitaya or Pitahaya is the fruit of several different cactus species indigenous to the Americas. Pitaya usually refers to the fruit of the genus Stenocereus, while pitahaya or dragon fruit refers to the fruit of the genus Hylocereus, both in the family Cactaceae

Dragon fruit is cultivated in Southeast Asia, India, United States, the Caribbean, Australia Mesoamerica, and throughout tropical and subtropical world regions.

Dragon Fruit Health Benefits

  • It’s rich in antioxidants like flavonoids, phenolic acid, and betacyanin. …
  • It’s naturally fat-free and high in fiber. …
  • It may help lower your blood sugar. …
  • It contains prebiotics, which are foods that feed the healthy bacteria called probiotics in your gut. …
  • It can strengthen your immune system.
  • It can lower cholesterol
  • It contributes to a healthy heart
  • Rich in vitamins such as Vit. C and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and iron
Nutrient Amount per 100 g % Daily Value Comment
Water 87 g NA Very high water content
Protein 1.1 g 2.1 %
Fat 0.4 g NA Contains practically no fat
Carbohydrates 11.0 g 3.4 %
Fiber 3 g 12 % Very good source of dietary fiber
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.04 mg 2.7 %
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.05 mg 2.9 %
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.16 mg 0.8 %
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 20.5 mg 34.2 % Contains more than 3 times the amount of vitamin C found in carrots
Calcium (Ca) 8.5 mg 0.9 %
Iron (Fe) 1.9 mg 10.6 % A good source of iron
Phosphorus (P) 22.5 mg 2.3 %
Zinc (Zn) NA NA

The absolute amounts in the nutrition facts table above are averages calculated by healwithfood.org based on two primary sources:

1) FAO/Latinfoods, Tabla de Composición de Alimentos de América Latina (2002), and 2) Olaya (1991); Becerra (1996); Ortíz et al. (1994); Castilla y Cáliz (1995), cited by Arguello y Jiménez (1997).

The percent daily values or %DV above have been calculated by healwithfood.org and are based on recommendations for a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be different depending on your individual needs.

Source:

https://www.healwithfood.org/nutrition-facts/dragon-fruit-nutritional-health-benefits.php#ixzz6n567P8VR

Dragon fruit is a low-calorie fruit that contains less sugar and fewer carbs than many other tropical fruits. Overall, dragon fruit is unique, incredibly tasty, and can add variety to your diet.

High in fiber, which helps in maintaining blood pressure and weight. Packed with prebiotics to promote a healthy gut. Prebiotics enhance digestion and your immune system to lower your risk of intestinal infections and to keep you more regular.

Good to open your bowels daily too!

The daily recommendation for adults is at least 25 grams — and dragon fruit packs 7 grams in a single 1-cup serving. “Fiber, may benefit gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health,” notes Ilic. Some included Dragon fruit as part of the daily diet to help for losing weight because of its fiber content.

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My Dad and the Dragon Fruit

My Dad was a great fanatic of the Dragon fruit. At that time in my country where we stayed, my Dad was about the only one who ate Dragon fruit consistently.

It was not even available in our home town but he would have them from different family friends who lived far from us who would bring them to us when they came to visit my Dad.

When my Dad established a Church Ministry, he had members from different parts of our country. He would go to them and had a three-day or four-day or even a week retreat or seminars.

Most places where he went were far from our hometown that he had to catch a plane but most went on the boat.

He was served these Dragon fruits all the time and when he came home he would bring a lot for his own supply. But of course, we had a share of them too.

At first, I didn’t know what it was as I have not really seen it before. Just the look of it, for me it was kind of weird with spikes but I like its vibrant red skin and sweet, seed-speckled pulp.

We have different fruits in my country but this one was new to me and it has been growing in the southern part of my country. That was why I have not seen it before. So when we started having them we had fun and feast eating them.

They are not sweet nor sour nor bitter. Just a bland taste but well enough to enjoy eating them.

Supply and Demand

So words came around about this exciting-looking fruit and so one of the biggest grocery stores in my hometown found a way to bring them in. No one was buying them except us because like I said it was a new kind of fruit and no one was familiar with it just as yet.

Every time we went to the same grocery store and bought them, actually all of them at that time, people would ask us about it and we told them.

Since my family is very well-respected in the whole country and very well-known, (I am not saying this to brag, just proving a point here) people started buying them to the point where we actually had to save some for them so they too can have the chance to buy them.

Now, of course, more and more people looked for them and asked for them and so by the time we went to the grocery store everything would be gone and more grocery stores were beginning to know about it so more and more customers were anxious to buy this unique fruit also.

And guess what happened? The Law of Supply and Demand kicked in. The demand went higher and higher and so the supply had to be filled. And when this happened, there was an opportunity for these grocery stores to increase the price knowing the customers would still buy them. So said, so done.

Even to the point that we could not get any because everything will be gone so fast from all the grocery stores. The only hope we had at this time was that the Ministry members would send us some or when they did come they would bring us a lot to last a while.

How Do You Eat Dragon Fruit?

Here’s how to eat fresh dragon fruit: 1 Using a sharp knife, cut it in half lengthwise. 2 Scoop out the fruit with a spoon or cut it into cubes by cutting vertical and horizontal lines into the pulp. To enjoy, add it to salads, smoothies, and yogurt, or simply snack on it by itself.

With me, I just eat it straight from the fruit itself by scooping it out. With our Dad, I blend it plain with no sugar and no added water nor milk. That was how he wanted it and one 8-oz of glass would be sufficient for him in one drinking until he asked for some more after probably four or five hours.

There is no limit on how much you can drink but as with other food and drinks please do use your common sense especially if you were new to this kind of fruit and you are having a physical illness. Please do consult your medical practitioner first.

You can also mix it with your salad however you want it done. Or blend it and mix with yogurt, honey, almond milk, or whatever you wished to add to it.

The Skin of the Dragon Fruit

The skin of Dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants and antioxidants are vital to keeping a younger-looking, glowing skin.

You know, my Dad as much as he is in his 80’s has glowing, smooth, and baby-like skin. I mean, unbelievable glorious skin I might say, and no wrinkles at all as well as my Mom.

For their age that is really amazing. Now, could it be from this miracle fruit? All I can tell you is that it is true.

They both never smoked, never drank any alcohol or sodas nor any bottled juices or drinks, and never ate fast food. They were very much a great proponent of well balanced-meal and hardly eat meat.

We always have fish and fresh fruits and vegetables every single day as my Mom would go to the market every day so she could buy fresh of everything.

I believe that the Dragon fruit made a difference in their fresh and radiant skin. How is that for flawless skin? Thus, as you eat so are you.

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Please share your comments below:

  • Do you eat dragon fruit? If so, how often?
  • Would you prefer dragon fruit to other fruits? If so, why?
  • What health benefits do you derive from eating dragon fruit?

Disclaimer

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitaya

https://splendidspoon.com/blog/5-amazing-benefits-of-dragon-fruit/

https://www.healwithfood.org/nutrition-facts/dragon-fruit-nutritional-health-benefits.php

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