One of the things I love about living in Asia is the variety of different fruit and vegetables available. A quick pop down to the market and you never know what you might find! The Dragon Fruit (aka Pitaya) is my latest addiction.
I love this tropical superfood because it tastes oh-so-good and is extremely nutritious.
As you can see in my pic, it’s covered in a scaly bright pink skin, which is actually thin and peels off effortlessly. The entire inside is edible and consists of white or pink sweet tasting pulp and tiny black seeds (my favorite is the pink pulp variety).
I could feel it was good for me, especially my digestion (I had proof!), so I researched more. Here’s what I found out…
– Dragon Fruits are rich in antioxidants and contain a multitude of nutrients. What’s notable is the Vitamin C content – a whopping 9mg per 100g.
Typical nutritional value per 100g:
|Water||82.5- 83 g|
|Protein||0.159- 0.229 g|
|Fat||0.21- 0.61 g|
|Fiber||0.7- 0.9 g|
|Carotene||0.005- 0.012 mg|
|Calcium||6.3- 8.8 mg|
|Phosphorus||30.2- 36.1 mg|
|Iron||0.55- 0.65 mg|
|Vitamin B||1 0.28- 0.043 mg|
|Vitamin B||2 0.043- 0.045 mg|
|Vitamin B||3 0.297- 0.43 mg|
|Vitamin C||8.0- 9.0 mg|
|Thaiamin||0.28- 0.30 mg|
|Riboflavin||0.043- 0.044 mg|
|Niacin||1.297- 1.30 mg|
|Other||0.54- 0.68 g|
– They are high fibre superfoods, so regular consumption can help keep your bowels happy and healthy (bye-bye constipation).
– The seeds of Dragon Fruits are high in omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids which are vital for keeping inflammation at bay and good for your cholesterol profile
– They consist of roughly 80% moisture and help keep you fuller for long thus assisting in weight-loss
– They are known to pacify Pitta dosha (to read more about doshas click here)
I usually just chop some up and eat it raw with apple as an afternoon snack.
How about adding it to a salad or in your favourite smoothie?