Dragonfruit. Have you ever heard of it? If nothing else, it sure is pretty to look at! It will definitely catch your eye in the grocery store… although it’s not too often that you will find it…Dragonfruit (or Pitaya) is grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. It comes from a certain type of cactus plant and there are three varieties (white, yellow or red flesh).
When you cut into the fruit you will find an absolutely beautiful center… And it is this center that you can eat. It’s super soft, and can easily be removed with a spoon. You don’t want to eat the pink rind, just the soft center. So, what does it taste like? Hmmm…it’s hard to describe…it has the texture of a kiwi, but a much milder flavor. It’s a nice fruit to eat by itself or add to a salad.
Perhaps the best part of this mild-flavored fruit is it’s nutritional benefits. Dragonfruit does not contain cholesterol, saturated fat or trans fat but the seeds are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids). They are low in calories and high in fiber. They are also rich in Vitamins B & C and contain beneficial minerals.