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GlobePreneurs Love: The Dragon Fruit

The GlobePreneur lifestyle can be very challenging. But we have the opportunity to savor exotic foods around the world. Our GlobePreneurs Luv series brings you a ‘taste’ of some of the amazing experiences, fruits and cuisines from different corners of the globe.

Have you seen and tried a dragon fruit (pitya)? It is indigenous to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam. Dragon fruit is so easy to eat that all you need is a spoon to dig out its goodness, similar to a kiwi. You can also easily bite it right off of the peel for a nutritious quick fix.

Appearance: Some dragon fruits have red or yellow skin (which looks a little like a soft pineapple with spikes) and white or red flesh, but always the beginnings of overlaid leaves, similar to an artichoke, and an abundance of small, black, edible seeds. The flavor is mildly sweet, like a blend of kiwifruit and pear, and it has a crunchy texture.

How to eat: While it may seem a little strange at first, it’s easy to get to the fruit. Simply slice lengthwise and either scoop out the flesh, or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin. Eat only the white part with seeds, removing any residual pink parts, which can be bitter.

Use: Looks beautiful as decoration, food decoration, juices, salads, cake, jelly, savory dishes (e.g. shrimp stir fry)

Care: It may be wise to consume dragon fruit in moderation because it contains fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts.

Benefits: Dragon fruit is one of the best ‘super fruits.’ It contains around 60 calories each and are rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Some benefits of the dragon fruit include:

1. Low Amount of Cholesterol

Dragon fruit has an extremely low amount of cholesterol, which helps the body break down this fruit quickly and keeps you happy and healthy. It’s the perfect fruit to maintain your weight and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

2. Good for Cardiovascular Health

The dragon fruit has an amazing superpower that helps decrease bad cholesterol levels and replenish good levels. It is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, helping the heart stay in good condition.

3. High Fiber Content

Dragon fruit has a high fiber content, which can assist with poor digestion and constipation. Eating the flesh and seeds, which contain good protein, will keep your body fortified and satisfied.

4. Active Antioxidants

To rid the body of free radicals and cancer-producing properties, you can eat foods that contain antioxidants, including the dragon fruit.

5. Fights Diabetes

The high amount of fiber in dragon fruit can help regulate diabetes, as it can stabilize blood sugar levels by suppressing sugar spikes. However, with any dietary changes or modifications, always consult your doctor.

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6. Reduces Signs of Aging

Eating dragon fruits, which contain rich antioxidants, can keep the skin tight and young. We can also make a face mask with the dragon fruit – a great natural alternative to anti-aging masks.

7. Treats Colored Hair

Dragon fruit juice is an excellent source for treating colored hair. By simply putting the juice or a conditioner containing dragon fruit on your scalp, you can protect your chemically treated or colored hair. This will keep the hair follicles open, allowing your hair to breathe and remain healthy and smooth.

8. Suppresses Arthritis

Arthritis directly affects the joints and causes severe irritation and immobility. Adding dragon fruit to your diet can help you with this.

9. Reduces Acne

This treatment is not just for teenagers. Rich in vitamin C, the dragon fruit becomes a great topical ointment. Dragon fruit paste can be applied to your red areas on your face or skin, then rinse with water. For best results, use twice daily.

10. Soothes Sunburned Skin

By combining dragon fruit with cucumber juice and honey, you can create a compound much like aloe that can soothe burned skin. Abundant in vitamin B3, dragon fruit can moisturize sunburned skin and release heat from the affected area.

11. Good for Strong Bones and Teeth

Calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, iron and phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation. The benefits are realized in a number of ways, from a strengthened immune system and faster healing of bruises and wounds to fewer respiratory problems.

12. Helps maintain Normal Bodily Function

The seeds of dragon fruits are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function such as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Lycopene, responsible for the red color in dragon fruit, has been shown to be linked with a lower prostate cancer risk.

Studies: Detailed studies aimed at determining the relationship between a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, lifetime physical activity, and oxidative DNA damage with prostate cancer were measured. It was found that men between 45 to 54 years of age who did not engage in physical activity had three times the risk of prostate cancer. The conclusion was that a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those containing lycopene, such as dragon fruit, and exercise were found to be protective against the disease.

One study explored with positive results the ability of tropical fruits such as dragon fruit to inhibit human cytochrome P450, which is highly expressed in the liver. (This is also present in other tissues such as in the small intestine, lung, and kidney, and especially linked to congenital glaucoma.)

Conclusion: Want to try a different fruit?  Many people love the dragon fruit, especially for its health benefits. You can also try some of these recipes for dragon fruit here. Are you a dragon food fan?

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43 Comments

  1. May 30, 2017    

    Dragon Fruit is so healthy and packed with antioxidants. You get in India too. I used to have a lot.

  2. May 30, 2017    

    I’m confused as to why dragonfruit would have any cholesterol at all. Cholesterol comes from animal products and, as far as I know, dragonfruit isn’t made from real dragons 🙂 I do love Dragonfruit, though. It’s got such a wonderful light flavor and beautiful color. I didn’t realize it had so many health benefits. I wish it was easier to find here.

  3. May 30, 2017    

    I remember as a teenager seeing Dragonfruit in the grocery store and i begged my mom to try it! She had to idea how to cut and slice it and it was before google and youtube. It was a fun day!

  4. May 31, 2017    

    I really like how the dragon fruit looks, very photogenic because of the colours! 😀 I did not have the opportunity to taste it yet because I haven´t seen it in local supermarkets. The benefits of eating sound great though.

  5. May 31, 2017    

    wow! dragon fruit sounds absolutely thirst quenching right now and amazing! i waaaannna try it

  6. May 31, 2017    

    I haven’t had this in a while. After reading your post though I think now may be the time to get some in. There seem to be quite a few health benefits to this.

  7. May 31, 2017    

    Wow didn’t know about all this. So informative x

  8. May 31, 2017    

    I have to say I have never tried dragon fruit before but I kind of want to buy some now after hearing about its benefits. I like that it is a source of high fiber content x

  9. May 31, 2017    

    I’ve heard of the dragon fruit, but have never really tried it! Wouldn’t know where to get them I guess.

  10. May 31, 2017    

    I have seen dragonfruits a couple of times while doing groceries. I have always been curious about it and it is very good to know that it has a lot of health benefits! Now I know what to grab next on my grocery trip this weekend. Think this fruit would be good for a smoothie

  11. eazynazy eazynazy
    May 31, 2017    

    Dragon fruit is one of my favs and I dint knew it has so many benefits in it . Thanks for sharing this and letting us know about it’s benefits

  12. May 31, 2017    

    I actually tried dragon fruit while ago. I bought it because they said it was super food. I really liked the way it looked like, pink and cute, but when I ate it, it was meh. It was tasteless hahaha really bland. I don’t think I would want to eat it again… http://www.clairebearblogs.com

  13. May 31, 2017    

    I have never seen Dragon Fruit here in colorado. I am not sure if we sell it? I have heard it is amazing and I have not tried it yet but I really want too! YUM!! Although….it does look a little intimidating! ha!

  14. June 1, 2017    

    I have never eaten dragonfruit before and I’d never have known how to eat it so thanks for the tips if I ever do x

  15. June 1, 2017    

    There are so many awesome fruits out there but Dragon fruit is simply stunning. It’s beautiful and tasty!

  16. June 1, 2017    

    I am so glad you wrote this! We saw dragon fruit in our grocery store the other day and my husband wanted to get some, but said he wouldn’t even know how to eat it. It’s such a pretty fruit, isn’t it? Now I can tell him that it’s also really easy to eat, and packed with great benefits, too! I’ll have to pick some up next time I’m there!

  17. June 1, 2017    

    I’ve tried them before while we were in Asia. It tastes quite good actually. It’s good to know that this fruit has so many healthy properties in them.

  18. Joanna Joanna
    June 1, 2017    

    I remember the first time I tasted the dragon fruit. I found it in a 7-11 shop, in Hong Kong, and I was intrigued by it’s shape and color so I ended up buying it. It was simply delicious! 🙂

  19. June 1, 2017    

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

  20. June 1, 2017    

    This is such a beautiful fruit! I bought it once and wasn’t too sure how to eat or prepare it. Now I know 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  21. June 1, 2017    

    I have never tried a dragon fruit before but it is so gorgeous! I always see so many recipes with them in it and have been struggling to find them at the store! I hope I can find one soon!

  22. Ali Rost Ali Rost
    June 1, 2017    

    I haven’t tried dragon fruit before, although I’d really love to. I had no idea there were so many health benefits. Especially that it’s a great way to treat colored hair and also sunburns. How cool is that? x

  23. June 1, 2017    

    I like all the nutritional benefits dragon fruit has to offer. I didn’t realize what I was missing out on. I like sweet and crunchy! I am adding it to my grocery list right now so that I don’t forget to pick some up at the store.

  24. June 1, 2017    

    Dragon Fruit looks really beautiful! Almost makes me not want to eat it. I didn’t realize there were so many health benefits to Dragon Fruit. I love produce that is healthy and good for various health ailments.

  25. June 1, 2017    

    Luckily, we have this mind of fruit occasionally at the supermarkets. But I didn’t actually know that it has a lot of benefits and nutrients to offer! That’s amazing! Time to stock up on it!

  26. June 2, 2017    

    i saw this fruit on many blogs and it’s so… instagramnmed, like avocado 🙂 but I was never able to try it unfortunately. in italy is quite hard to find… maybe when I’ll go back to Australia…

  27. June 2, 2017    

    I love dragon fruit aside from the attractive color and good taste it is also beneficial to our body. I like eating it as it is or put it in a blender and drink it. To stay healthy and fit this is fruit is a good addition to your daily diet. It would be nice if we have a fram close by then you can pick your own .

  28. June 2, 2017    

    Every time I have this I love it. Yet I never think to buy it or use it on my own. I must change this

  29. June 2, 2017    

    WOW! I never knew that much about dragon fruit before! Thanks for the info!

  30. My Teen Guide My Teen Guide
    June 2, 2017    

    I have had dragon fruit is smoothies before, together with other fruits, but I have not tried it just as the fruit itself. I think it would a challenge to peel its skin offt. Anyway, with all those health benefits this fruit has to offer, I think I would want it to be a staple in our house.

  31. June 2, 2017    

    Great article! I love dragon fruit, but it is very difficult to get where I live, and when I’m lucky to find some, most times they are not very tasty.

  32. June 3, 2017    

    I very recently tried dragon fruit and I was really pleasently surprised bu house nice it was, even though it does not look it. Plus I can not believe how many good health benefits it has.

  33. June 4, 2017    

    Dragon Fruit is so healthy and looks delicious. i never had this but would love to have. Thanks for telling these things about it.

  34. June 4, 2017    

    I have tried dragon fruit before, but I had no clue that it had so many positive affects! We will definitely have to continue getting it at every opportunity.

  35. June 4, 2017    

    I like dragon fruit in smoothies and fruit salad but I will give them a try also as a side decor, since they look very pretty as you suggested,
    Thanks for the informative post on the benefits too.

  36. June 4, 2017    

    I have never tried or seen Dragonfruit. But reading benefits of this fruit from your blog I would surely try to find it out and include in my diet.

  37. June 5, 2017    

    I love the colors of dragon fruit, both inside and out. I think it’s absolutely beautiful. I had no idea it helped diabetes!

  38. June 5, 2017    

    I’ve heard about dragon fruit but didn’t know it has such great health benefits. Thanks for this info. I need to check where I can I buy it. Are they easily available?

  39. June 6, 2017    

    Healthy choices first! Sometimes is quite hard to find it… however, I simply cannot believe how many good healthy benefits includes this fruit! Thanks for sharing

  40. hal hal
    June 8, 2017    

    thats a helluva lot of benefits for dragon fruit – i wonder if you can plant the actual seeds in it – have u tried

  41. August 3, 2017    

    It’s such a beautiful fruit! Always wanted to try it.

  42. August 4, 2017    

    Love the benefits. I’ve been achey lately so I may need to try it.

  43. August 5, 2017    

    Interesting. There are few products that suppress arthritis. I didn’t know about these properties of the dragon fruit.

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