Dragon Fruit

Seasonality of Dragon Fruit:

  • White flesh dragon fruit is available year-round, while the red flesh dragon fruit is in season from June to October.

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit:

  • Dragon fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C and is rich in antioxidants.
  • They also contain polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, several B vitamins, lycopene, carotene, calcium and protein.

How to Select Dragon Fruit:

  • Look for dragon fruit with a uniform pink color and without bruising, although scarring is normal.
  • A ripe dragon fruit will yield slightly to pressure.

How to Store Dragon Fruit:

  • Store dragon fruit unwashed in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How to Prepare Dragon Fruit:

  • Wash dragon fruit before eating.vCut dragon fruit in half and scoop out insides.
  • Dragon fruit is delicious to eat by itself or added to salsa, smoothies and salads.

Fun Facts About Dragon Fruit:

  • Dragon fruit is an exotic cactus fruit that has a sweet and mildly acidic flavor, similar to watermelon, cactus pear and kiwi.
  • The flesh of dragon fruit ranges from white to pink to magenta. All three types have tiny, edible black seeds.
  • Dragon fruit is also known as strawberry pear or pitaya.
  • Dragon fruit is native to the Americas, and have since been introduced to eastern and southern Asia, where the fruit is now cultivated extensively.

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