“Botanical name: Hylocereus undat”

Who knew there was a plant with a flower like an explosion of flame, which produces a beautiful but short-lived fruit with the appearance of a brilliant pink rosebud? This is the pitya – dragon fruit – indigenous to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam. Obtained from several cactus species, its succulent stem provides the uniquely delicious fruit with moisture in the arid climates where it grows.

Some dragon fruits have red or yellow skin (which looks a little like a soft pineapple with spikes) and white or red flesh, 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.

Health benefits:

  • Aids in digestion
  • Reduces risk of cancer
  • Boost the immune system
  • Helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • Rich in antibacterial and anti fungal properties
  • Helps to improve rate of metabolism in body