Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pitaya:Dragon Fruit

What a beautiful fruit Pitaya is.

Pitaya Fruit, Pitahaya Fruit or commonly known as the Dragon Fruit is among the most nutritious and wonderful exotic fruits. It has a light sweet taste. High in vitamin C. Looks like a kiwi on the inside with the tiny little black seeds and the deep red/purple color. Just looking at it makes one feel healthy. This is the first time we have seen Pitaya at our local market. Not sure how long the season is, but we will be eating quite a bit of this amazing, nutritious fruit.

Following is the nutrtitional information on Pitaya.

Fiber 0.9g
Fat 0.61g
Ashes 0.68g
Carotene 0.012g
Water 83.0g
Phosphorus 36.1mg
Ascorbic Acid 9.0mg
Protein 0.229g
Riboflavin 0.045mg
Calcium 8.8g
Niacin 0.430mg
Iron 0.65mg

Importance of eating a Pitaya fruit:
Carotene helps maintain and equally improve the health of the eyes
The fiber enhances digestion in our bodies
The fiber equally reduces fat
The protein component of the pitaya fruit enhances the body’s metabolism
Calcium reinforces bones and aid in formation of healthy teeth
Vitamin B2 acts as a multi vitamin to recover and improve loss appetite
Vitamin B1 assists in production of energy as well as metabolizing carbohydrates
Vitamin B3 lowers bad cholesterol level and enhances the appearance of the skin by moisturizing and smoothening it.
Vitamin C ensures bruises and cuts heal faster and improves the general immune system of our bodies
Phosphorus aids in tissue formation.


Peggy said...

I thought Dragon Fruit were white inside. Yours looks the same on the outside as the ones I've seen but the pink flesh is different. I've never tasted one and saw my first "in person" one at the grocery store the other day. They felt a little limp and gross though so I left it there. I assume the outer skin should fell nice and firm-ish?

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HiHoRosie said...

Wow, that's gorgeous!

debbiedoesraw said...

I love Dragon fruit! I get it dried at Trader Joes. If I could find it fresh I would eat a lot more of it!

jessica said...

peggy...yes it should be firm and not limp. wow, interesting to have it white inside.

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