Hylocereus undatus, Hylocereus costaricensis, Hylocereus
Major growing area
Wet, dry and intermediate zones
Originally native to Mexico, but later found their way to neighbouring countries in Central America and other parts of the world
Shuffles between bland and mild sweetness
AYURVEDA & MEDICINAL USES
Oil made from dragon fruit seeds are rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, essential for protecting your body from radical damage and oxidation and facilitating proper organ function. Also, a potent source of vitamin B1, the dragon fruit
strengthens your immune system, promotes brain health, helps your body cope with stress, reduces risk of developing cataracts, facilitates muscle coordination and regulates metabolism. It may also help treat Alzheimer’s.
The dragon fruit is a proper case of ‘all bark and no bite’. Although known by extravagant names like ‘fire dragon fruit’ and ‘dragon crystal’ due to its vibrant appearance, its flavour is mild and subtle.Grows on a fierce, palm tree-like cactus.
Originally known as ‘pitahaya’
Beat the heat with a dragon fruit sorbet or ice cream. Simply puree the fruit with lemon juice and sugar, freeze and blend.
Whip up a tropical fruit salad by combining dragon fruit with chunks
of papaya, watermelon and pineapple. Also, works great with mango, kiwi, coconut, grape, lychee and mangosteen.
A 2:1 ration of dragon fruit and sugar with lemon juice simmered for 10 minutes makes a great tasting jam to accompany your slice of bread/toast
Forget traditional cocktails. Blend and sweeten as part of an Apéritif and garnish with the bright, cut ring of the fruit for a beverage that only tastes great, but looks the part too.
NUTRIENTS & VALUES PER 100g EDIBLE PORTION
||82.5- 83 g|
||0.159- 0.229 g|
|Fat||0.21- 0.61 g|
||0.7- 0.9 g|
||6.3- 8.8 mg
||30.2- 36.1 mg
||0.55- 0.65 mg|
||0.005- 0.012 mg|
||0.28- 0.30 mg|
||8.0- 9.0 mg|
||0.043- 0.044 mg
|Fiber||0.7- 0.9 g|
|Riboflavin||0.043- 0.044 mg|
|Niacin||1.297- 1.30 mg|