It’s the latest fruit craze. Dragon fruit, also known as ‘pitaya’, is the fruit of several different Hylocereus cactus species. The plant, native to Southern Mexico and Central America, is now grown all over the world.
If you have never seen a dragon fruit, it can be very easily identified. The two most common types have bright red skin, green scales, white pulp with black seeds. There is another variety known as yellow dragon fruit with yellow skin, white pulp, and black seeds. The taste of a dragon fruit can be described as a cross between a kiwi and a pear. It is both sweet and crunchy.
The health benefits of dragon fruit are vast. Dragon fruit is low in calories but packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains a substantial amount of dietary fibre and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut leading to a healthy gastrointestinal tract.