De­li­cious drag­on­fruit

Healthy Mama - - Kids -

Also known as pitaya, th­ese fun-look­ing fruits are rich in nu­mer­ous nu­tri­ents, in­clud­ing vi­ta­min C, B, phos­pho­rus, pro­tein, cal­cium, fiber, and an­tiox­i­dants. Dragon fruits are proven to lower blood sugar lev­els as well as blood pres­sure, strengthen bones and teeth, pro­mote healthy blood and tis­sue for­ma­tion, strengthen the im­mune sys­tem, heal bruises and wounds faster and pre­vent res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems.

Dragon fruits may not be read­ily avail­able at your neigh­bor­hood gro­cery, but you can usu­ally find them in Chi­na­towns around the coun­try. When choos­ing a dragon fruit, look for a spec­i­men with bright, evenly col­ored skin. If it has too many brown blotches, or if it has a dry, shriv­eled stem, it’s prob­a­bly over­ripe. If the fruit is very firm, let it ripen a few days un­til the flesh gives slightly.

How can all th­ese ben­e­fits be taken ad­van­tage of in this visu­ally beau­ti­ful, ex­otic fruit? 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.The flesh in­side can be white or red, de­pend­ing on the va­ri­ety. It’s best eaten chilled, chopped into cubes and added to fruit salad or blended into a re­fresh­ing drink or smoothie.

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