The Dragonfruit….exotic perfection in every-way!

Dragonfruit

This fruit a real treat, I have now enjoyed it on several occasions…as it is not that easy to get and usually pricey here in S.E QLD, Australia. I have used Dragonfruit several ways such as in blending it in smoothies, frappes, eaten it with coconut ice cream and had it will lime squeezed on it. Yumm!
Dragon fruit tastes amazing – sweet and crunchy, with a flavour that’s like a cross between kiwi, berry and pear….kind of….Inside the flesh may be white or red – both will have tiny black edible seeds, just like kiwi fruit. The outside bright fuchsia pink is such an amazing bright colour, mother nature got it right…as she just wanted us to pick it and eat it! Dragonfruit literally screams EAT ME!!!
Dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel….mainly. Also known as raw Pitaya, dragon scale, dragon crystal, strawberry pear or nanettika fruit.
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Health benefits of the dragonfruit are: 
  • Dragon fruit boosts immune system., as it is rich in vitamin C and fibres that help provide an overall healthy body.
  • Dragon fruit aids in the digestion of food, Studies also suggest that Dragon fruit promotes the growth of probiotics.
  • Dragon fruit help to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes.
  • Dragon fruit prevent formation of cancer causing free radicals. Dragon fruit is rich in minerals and fibres that clean toxic ingredients out of the intestines thus preventing the occurrence of colon cancer.
  • Dragon fruit is an anti-oxidant. The presence of high level of vitamin C, minerals and pytoalbumin is regarded as relevant in fighting free radicals.

Nutritional values per 100 g of Dragon fruit (of which 55 g are edible) are as follows:

Calories: 35-50
Carbohydrates: 9-14 g
Fat: 0.1-0.6 g
Protein: 0.15-0.5 g
Fibre: 0.3-0.9 g
Calcium: 6–10 mg
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C): 4–25 mg
Iron 0.3-0.7 mg Niacin (Vitamin B3): 0.2-0.45 mg
Phosphorus: 16 – 36 mg

Dragonfruit is a must try….heavenly!!

CC xx

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