Finding one of my favorite dragons, I mean fruits in the grocery store is always a great find for me!
This is one dragon you definitely do not have to be afraid of. Although dragon fruit is not commonly found on our grocers’ shelves in North America, it is quite the delight for both your taste buds and your body if you do stumble across them! Aside from the refreshing taste of this exotic looking fruit, it is loaded with beneficial nutrients too!
- Vitamin C – helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, aids in absorption of iron, helps decrease bad cholesterol, combats free radicals, helps neutralize the effects of nitrates
- Iron – helps metabolize proteins, helps the productions of hemoglobin and red blood cells, combats fatigue
- B Vitamins – helps easily break down food in the body and helps the body make new cells
- Calcium – beneficial to your bones, heart, & blood pressure
- Protein – helps the body make enzymes and hormones, boosts muscle mass, helps manage weight by filling you up, and stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (the good ones) – heart health
- Phytonutrients – reduce blood pressure and inflammation
- Antioxidants – healthy skin, immune system support
- Can help rid the body of toxic heavy metals and improve eye sight
You can cut the fruit lengthwise and either scoop the white flesh out and eat, or cut in slices and eat like watermelon, as long as you don’t ingest the pink skin.
The inside flesh is a similar texture to a kiwi fruit, and the taste is mildly sweet.
Around The States our Dragon Fruit tends to be smaller with white flesh, and in Asia I found the Dragon Fruit to be larger with a bright purple flesh that possibly is a tad sweeter than the white flesh.
Although these are filled with amazing benefits, proceed with caution on devouring a wheel barrel full of the fruit. They do contain sugar, although natural sugar, it is still always best to moderate your sugar intake. The oils in the seeds also may cause a very mild laxative effect.