Dragon Fruit (or pitaya) has been popping up in grocery stores around Boston for a couple of weeks now. The dragon fruit has a pink skin with green scales and when cut open, reveals a white flesh dotted with black seeds. The texture of the flesh is like a kiwi but is less sweet and the skin of the dragon fruit is not consumed. The dragon fruit grows on a cactus plant in warm climates such as in Vietnam and Hawaii.
The dragon fruit is low in calories and cholesterol and is high in Vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. There are also moderate levels of monounsaturated fats from the seeds that are found in the flesh. You can purchase dragon fruit as the fruit, or as frozen smoothie packets if you want to eat the fruit in a smoothie. When purchasing the fruit, you want to look for one that is soft, but not too soft, and is without any dark blemishes or bruises.
Later this week, I'll feature a recipe that includes Dragon Fruit, so keep an eye out for that!