Discovering Dragon Fruit

We often see this strange looking fruit sitting on our supermarket shelves and wonder what would this smell and taste like.

So one fine afternoon we decided to discover this fruit appropriately named the dragon fruit with the outer skin resembling the scales of a mythical dragon and came across some magical benefits of consuming this fruit.

Dragon Fruit also known as pitaya is part of the cactus family and grown in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of South America and Asia. These fruits are mildly sweet with a crunchy texture quite similar to the Kiwi Fruit. Eating the fruit is pretty easy - simply slice length wise or breadth wise and scoop out the flesh.



Health Benefits:

Dragon fruits are in rich in flu-fighting Vitamin C equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value thus boosting your immunity. Being rich in active antioxidants, it helps the body to get rid of free radicals. The high fiber content helps in digestion, stabilizing blood sugar levels and maintain normal blood sugar while the low cholesterol content helps the body break down this fruit quickly.

The fruit is also high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which reduce bad cholesterol levels and therefore consumption is great for heart health.

Dragon fruit also contains calcium for bone and teeth health and phosphorous for healthy blood and tissue formation.



Skin Benefits:

The rich antioxidant content of dragon fruits can help keep the skin tight and young.

Tip: Make a face mask by mixing half a dragon fruit, half a teaspoon of olive oil and teaspoon of honey. Apply to your face for 20 minutes and wait it out while relishing on the other half of the fruit.

Dragon fruit juice is excellent for protecting chemically treated or coloured hair by simple application on your scalp. The antioxidants present in dragon fruit helps in better blood circulation, resulting in smooth and healthy hair.

Since dragon fruits are rich in vitamin C, you can use it as a natural ointment for avoiding acne. Prepare a paste from the fruit and apply it on areas with redness and rinse with water.

You can also combine dragon fruit with cucumber juice and honey to soothe burned skin. The vitamin B3 content of dragon fruit moisturizes sun burned skin and releases heat from the affected area.



Including dragon fruit in your diet.

Well there are so many ways with the simplest being to take a spoon and scoop out the goodness :)

Try preparing a tropical fruit bowl with papaya, pineapple, banana, mango, strawberries and dragon fruit with a squeeze of lime.

Here is a simple and delicious dragon fruit smoothie recipe that you can enjoy:

Combine one peeled and chopped dragon fruit with a few chopped strawberries, few chopped banana pieces, one cup thick yogurt, honey to taste and blend well. Add little cold water to thin the smoothie if its too thick and blend again. Garnish with chopped almonds and drink up!!



Having fun with dragon fruit:

Shake up a dragon fruit mojito by adding chunks of the fruit to the original recipe.

Tip: Cut the fruit breadth wise into equal halves and scoop out the contents carefully without damaging the skin. The hollowed out halves can be used to serve the mojito.

So next time you see a dragon fruit, be sure to pick one and reap the many benefits.

Be sure to check your allergies and consult your Dietician/Nutritionist before you include dragon fruit in your diet.

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  2. A very informative article on a very important but underrated fruit. It has so many benefits, thanks for listing them down. The use of pretty pictures of the fruit is appreciable.

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