What is Dragon Fruit?
Named after a mythical beast - with its distinctive pink skin and pointy green leaves resembling scales - Dragon fruit is the only fruit in the world that grows from the flowers of a cactus.
Also known as pitaya or strawberry pear, Dragon fruit originates from South America. However, due to its numerous health benefits and striking appearance, it has now become a staple across South East Asia - with Vietnam being the world’s largest producer.
Beneath its dragon exterior, lies delicately sweet juicy red or white flesh. Similar in taste to a mixture of kiwi, pear and watermelon it is naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, protein & fibre. The tiny edible seeds throughout the flesh are packed with Omega 3, 6 & polyunsaturated fats – giving this super fruit its unique taste and nutritional benefits.
High levels of flu-fighting Vitamin C, Carotenoids and Flavonoids increases the bodies natural immunity. Whist minerals such as Phosphorus, Iron & Calcium help keep our immune system operating smoothy.
Dragon Fruit not only contains Fibre, which aids digestion, but contains a prebiotic which stimulates growth of; Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria - two important probiotics in the gut
Dragon Fruit has the ability to lower bad cholesterol levels whist replenishing levels of good cholesterol. The small seeds also contain Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids which can reduce triglyceride levels - improving heart health.
Phosphorus, Magnesium and Calcium, found in Dragon Fruit, are all essential minerals for maintaining healthy bones and reducing the risk of Osteoporosis
Eating Dragon Fruit can have anti-inflammatory properties whist increasing white blood cell count. This helps fight against fungal and bacterial infections, as well as speeding up cell regeneration.
Vitamins B & C, and many other essential minerals present in Dragon Fruit, improve nerve & brain function as well as improving memory and reducing risk of cognitive disorders.