Dragon Fruit (or Pitaya) brings back so many nostalgic childhood memories for me. My mum use to buy all the exotic fruits from the Asian Grocers for my sisters and me that you would not find as readily in Woolworth and Coles such as dragon fruit, durian, rambutan, and star fruit to name a few.
Even as a young child I loved my fresh fruit making little melon balls out of it to keep myself entertained. However, I have to admit part of the attraction was to its vibrant deep pink, almost red colour and exotic/weird exterior
Even though dragon fruit is found predominantly in Sydney asian markets, this tropical fruit actually originated from Central America, Mexico and South America. So here is a small history lesson for you all.
Over 100 years ago the French introduced this exoitic fruit to Vietnam who feel in love with the fruits refreshing and sweet taste that they cultivated it for food. In Vietnam today dragon fruit is grown on a large-scale as a commercial crop. Due to the growing popularity of this tropical fruit Vietnam has become a major exporter of dragon fruit to markets all around Southeast Asia (National Library Board Singapore, 2010.). Through the tidal wave of fruity goodness New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, and Thailand have all jumped on the bandwagon to commercialise the dragon fruit crops locally (luckily this means greater accessibility to the benefits of this delicious fruit for all of us!)
As I was devouring the mildly sweet dragon fruit flesh when I was a child, little did I know that this beautiful superfruit is bursting with Vitamin C (could be a contributing factor to my great immune system as a child and adult). According to Health With Food, ‘A 100-gram (3.5 oz) serving of white-fleshed pitahaya (dragon fruit) provides an estimated 21 milligrams of vitamin C…34% of the daily value (DV) set for vitamin C…more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in carrots’ (Health With Food, 2010). Due to its high levels of Vitamin C, this fruit acts as an antioxidant which is vital for all of us in fighting cancer cells, as well as boosting our immune system.
Dragon fruit is naturally a good source of dietary fiber and has been used for its medicinal purposes as a natural remedy to relieve oneself from feeling clogged up. Make sure you consume the fruit seeds, as these in particular work quite well for their laxative effect and stimulating the bowel movements.
An added bonus is that this fruit not only has a high water content (keeps our thirst quenched) but is also low in calories and fat! So load up on this superfruit to eat it raw, make melon balls out of it and of course try out my Exotic Dragon Fruit Smoothie recipe below mixed with a range of other nutrient dense fruits and vegetables to keep you going and glowing all day long!
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This recipe makes 1.5L
Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
Preparation and Total Time:
- 600ml water
- 1tbs coconut oil
- 1 medium dragon fruit
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup mixed berries
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/4 fresh pineapple
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cup kale leaves
- 1 x chopping board
- 1 x measuring cup
- 1 x knife
- 1 x measuring spoon
- 1 x spoon
- Place all ingredients into the blender and blitz away! Bon Apetit!
- Place the fruit in the fridge prior to using so that it is nice and cool when you drink it adding to the refreshing taste
- Add in some mangoes into the mixture to make it extra creamy
- Make a sorbet out of the dragon fruit to keep you nice and cool during the summer time
Health With Food.Org, 2010 – 2015, http://www.healwithfood.org/nutrition-facts/dragon-fruit-nutritional-health-benefits.php
National Library Board Singapore, 2010, http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_768_2005-01-11.html