You will find this delicious fruit all over Bali and it’s part of many a meal in Ubud. I love the name and the flaming pink look is just so inviting. This is the locally called… buahnaga, also known as pitya and in english, dragon fruit. Obtained from several cactus species, its succulent stem provides the uniquely delicious fruit.
How do you eat dragon 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. Eat only the white part with seeds, removing any residual pink parts, which are bitter. It’s best eaten chilled, chopped into cubes and added to fruit salad or blended into a refreshing drink or smoothie. This may become your new favorite fruit, and you don’t even have to slay a dragon.
Dragon Fruit is filled with nutrients
Dragon fruit is low in calories yet offers numerous nutrients, including vitamin C, B vitamins, phosphorus, protein, calcium, fiber, captin, and antioxidants. It’s 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. Like other red fruits, dragon fruit contains lycopene, which helps protect against cancer and heart disease.
However, consume dragon fruit in moderation because it contains fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts.