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Dragon Fruit Nutritional Value: Nutrition Facts

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A beautiful Dragon Fruit!


Dragonfruit: The New Superfruit

Make way for the new, aptly-named superfruit, the dragonfruit! From pomegranates to açai berries, from goji berries to yumberries, the world has seen plenty of superfruits break into the market. Well, here comes another. The dragonfruit, also known as pitaya or pitahaya, is the latest entrant to the world of superfruits. Native to Central and South America and cultivated in places as diverse as Southeast Asia and Australia, this fruit from the cactus species come in three varieties – red skin with red flesh (widely considered to be the best-tasting), red skin with white flesh and yellow skin with white flesh.

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Nutritional Value of Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruits are high in antioxidants, which help to fight carcinogenic free-radicals from forming in the body. In addition, they are a good source of Vitamin C, and are rich in minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. They are also low in calories and high in fiber, while the seeds are have high polyunsaturated fatty acids. Aside from its nutritional content, the fruit is also said to help excrete heavy metal toxins from the body and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Dragonfruits are also known to be a natural laxative.

How to eat dragon fruit

The fruit is roughly football-shaped, with a leathery, leafy skin. They are mildly sweet, though some may consider them to be bland. Dragonfruits are best served cold. To eat it, simply cut it in half, then scoop out the flesh with a spoon. The skin may not be eaten. Tip: save the middle of the fruit for last, as it is the sweetest part of the fruit.

Dragonfruit flesh is liberally scattered with little black seeds, drawing a comparison to kiwifruits. Like the kiwifruit, dragonfruit seeds are eaten together with the flesh. The crunchy seeds have a nutty taste and are high in lipids, although they are indigestible unless chewed.

A note of caution to end: do not be worried if your urine and faeces show a reddish discoloration after eating large amounts of red-fleshed dragonfruit. This is a natural effect, known as pseudohematuria, and is completely harmless.

Preparing a Dragon Fruit

How to peel dragonfruit

What is Dragon Fruit?

What do you love about Dragonfruit?

chelsea on November 02, 2012:

my sister always eats dragon fruit at home and in tutor

YogaKat from Oahu Hawaii on August 16, 2012:

Great information here . . . I saw one the other day and wondered . . . not I just gotta taste. Up, useful and interesting.

NP.QUEEN from Dubai on April 30, 2012:

yes jim i want to grow it in my garden.

jim on April 29, 2012:

grow it...they are easy to grow and is fast too.

NP.QUEEN from Dubai on March 27, 2012:

I was neglecting this beautiful amazing fruit till now.Now i am wishing to eat this fruit. I will buy it and eat. I want to know the taste of this unique fruit.

Judith on March 27, 2012:

I just bought my first dragon fruit yesterday. I ate half last night and the other half for lunch today. Mild tasting but a lovely texture and you just eat them with a spoon right out of the skin. The spoon works beautifully. Love it and will definitely be buying more.

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basaria on March 19, 2012:

I get mine in NYC Chinatown from street venders for $4 per lb. If you buy them at indoor stores they are $6 per lb. Amazing fruit!!!

jim on March 19, 2012:

very tasty and come in their own bowl

SaLima on March 17, 2012:

I love dragon fruit !

aano on March 06, 2012:

This is really a bland,but sweet fruit!

Is there perhaps a way to give information on how to grow these fruits?

daffr on December 18, 2011:


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someone on September 08, 2011:

the dragon fruit look EPIC!!!! i want one!! on April 22, 2011:

thank you for the information about dragon fruit. But the man who prepared the salad in the first video has dirty fingernails and handles the fruits with bare hands!

awsome101 on March 29, 2011:

its so pink! i love it

?????? on January 23, 2011:

I just had one today there amazing

bob on November 01, 2010:

they rock

Arlen on September 13, 2010:

I love the taste. It's wonderful!

Hanna on September 11, 2009:

I love the red pitaya, its delicious.

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