Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a superfruit that originated in Central America but is now grown all over the world. One look at this bright beauty and most people assume it has a shockingly bold taste. Believe it or not, it's actually fairly mild in flavor. It is often thought to be a cross between a kiwi and a pear. No wonder I'm a fan! Kiwis and pears are totally at the top of my favorite fruits list.
Something else that has me loving this exotic beauty is its health benefits. Dragon fruit helps to maintaining good heart health, digestion, and skin health. It's rich in fiber, Vitamin C, and calcium. Due to its high vitamin C content, dragon fruit is considered a flu-fighting, immune boosting powerhouse. It has more vitamin C than a carrot! It also ranks high on the antioxidant list of foods which also attributes to its immune boosting reputation.
As far as skin health, dragon fruit has also been known to help treat acne by blending the fruit with some water to create a paste. Then apply it to the acne infected areas and allow it to soothe your skin. It will also help prevent future breakouts. Another benefit to our skin is that dragon fruit can soothe sunburns. Simply combine dragon fruit with some cucumber juice and honey. The mixture will resemble an aloe-like consistency. Apply it to sunburns and you will find some relief.
Lately, I have been drawn to foods that remind me of Japan. If you are wondering how this relates to dragon fruit, it's actually pretty popular in Japan. Okinawa is a Japanese island with a subtropical climate. Therefore, Okinawa is a great place to grow tropical fruits! So naturally, this is one of the fruits harvested. We saw plenty of them on our trip and enjoyed devouring them just the same. They can be difficult to find depending on your location. If you have a local Asian grocery store, they are likely to carry them. Otherwise, ask your local produce department if they could special order them for you. Finding them in the frozen foods section of your store is also a great possibility.
If you are a fan of dragon fruit and are looking for another easy & delicious recipe, check out my dragon fruit ice cream . So yummy!!!
1 cup frozen dragon fruit (You can freeze your own or buy frozen pitaya)
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen cherries, strawberries, or raspberries (or a combo)
1/2 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice- adjust to desired thickness)
1 Tbs nut or seed butter
1 tsp maca powder
1 Tbs grass-fed gelatin
1 Tbs chia, flax, or hemp seeds
1/2 cup yogurt of choice (optional- add more nut butter or banana if opting out of yogurt)
black sesame seeds
1. Place all ingredients, except for toppings :), in your high speed blender and blend until smooth. You want your smoothie bowl to be nice and thick to use your tamper as need to facilitate movement while blending.
2. Pour into a big bowl and pile on the toppings. Enjoy immediately! Makes one large bowl or two small bowls.