Dragon Fruit, or Pitaya, is a strange little beauty. It tastes like a sweet squash had mad passionate sex with a kiwi and a cactus fruit, and out popped this dramatic juicy delight. I’ve only recently really taken to eating these pink spotted eye candies because I had no idea how to tell if they were ripe or not. My local grocery store had them out to taste,so I gave it a go and now I’m totally hooked.
I think dragon fruit has a weird stigma in the “health” world because so many juice/electrolyte drinks that contain dragon fruit are overly sweet and almost artificial tasting - which is probably closer to the truth than not.
What I didn’t realize was that the Pitaya actually comes in three different colors: Bright red outer skin with white flesh or bright magenta flesh, and a yellow skinned fruit with white flesh. The pink fleshed Pitaya, the one I’ve been loving, has a bit of a sour bite at first taste, but then leaves the sweetest aftertaste.
It’s super high in vitamin C and fiber. It has a little bit of fat in it due to the amount of seeds, but it’s not the kind of fat that you need to worry about. If anything, it helps fill you up if you plan on eating one as an afternoon snack. However, I wouldn’t go to town on these as they can help relieve constipation. But a few a week won’t hurt you or your butt. It also contains a good amount of iron if you’re feeling fatigued in the afternoon, this could be the new snack for you.
Apparently, for those that have PCOS or type 2 diabetes, eating dried dragon fruit after a meal will actually assist in lowering your blood sugar slowly after a meal, meaning you won’t have to deal with as much insulin resistance as normal.
I will say - if you like a little bit of a kick in your fruit, squeeze fresh lemon juice on the dragon fruit to change it up a bit. It adds more flavor and flair to the fruit. It’s nice to do this in a bowl if you’re adding the Pitaya to a salad.