Pitaya/Pitahaya/Thanh Long/Huo Lóng Guo/Dragon Fruit


The many names of the fruit I had avoided for quite a few years has now become an all favourite of mine especially the red flesh ones, though I’ll eat the white ones too cos they are a whole lot cheaper.  When I first came across the fruit in the supermarkets, I was wondering who in their right minds would eat such a fruit if it was even a fruit to begin with? Also I couldn’t figure out just by looking at it, how one would go about eating it. Then at a buffet dinner in a hotel I saw it cut up like in the pic below ( though most would just scoop it up like eating a kiwi fruit) and so I finally ate one to see how it would taste. 

 

Well at that time I felt that it was almost tasteless with just a tiny hint of sweetness.  And so concluded that there couldn’t be much nutritional value in the fruit.  Boy! was I wrong…….anyhow after a few years, I finally tried the red flesh ones and I personally feel that it taste very much better.  And apparently contains more antioxidants! Woo hoo!

Got this off wiki….

  • The red flesh variety is rich in antioxidants.
  • The pitaya fruit is rich in vitamins.
  • The pitaya fruit helps the digestive process due to its fiber.
  • The pitaya fruit helps prevent colon cancer and diabetes.
  • The pitaya fruit helps to neutralize toxic substances such as heavy metal, reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
  • Consumed regularly the pitaya fruit can help against asthma and cough.
  • Dragonfruit is also rich in phytoalbumins which are highly valued for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent the formation of cancer-causing free radicals. In Taiwan, diabetics use the fruit as a food substitute for rice and as a source of dietary fiber.

Dragonfruit is rich in fiber, Vitamin C and minerals. The typical nutritional value per 100g of dragonfruit is as follows:

Oh and apparently there is a Yellow Dragon Fruit too which is suppose to be sweeter…

Last but not least, the fruit is known to help control glucose blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.

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