Dragon Fruit (Strawberry Pear)

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Remembering one ex-student’s mum’s personal advice — Take more dragonfruit (also known as Pitaya, scientific name Hylocereus undatus), especially after barbeque. Picture of the fruit is taken from http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/dragon_fruit_pictures.htm. Go there to see its flower and colour of the flesh.

Dragon fruit

Ashes    

0.68g   

Fat

0.61g

Fiber

0.9g

Phosphorus

36.1mg

Carotene

0.012g

Protein

0.229g

Water

83.0g

Calcium

8.8g

Iron

0.65mg

Riboflavin 

0.045mg

Niacin 

0.430mg

Ascorbic Acid 

9.0mg                          

 A vining, terrestrial or epiphytic cactus, with fleshy stems reaching up to 20ft long in mature  plants. The plant may grow out of the ground or climb onto trees using aerial roots. It grows best in dry, tropical or subtropical climates where annual rainfall ranges from 20-50″ per year. The plants, because of their epiphytic nature, grows well in sandy soil that has high amounts of organic material. Flowers are ornate and beautiful,  emiting a jasmine-like fragrance. They bloom only at night and  usually last just one night where pollination is necessary to set fruit. Propagation: By seed, or by stem cuttings.This exotic cactus fruit is round and its prominent exterior scales ranges in color from a hot pink to red. Common dragonfruit has white flesh but some varieties has a rich interior hue ranging from deep iridescent magenta to a sparkling blush pink.  The thin rind encloses the large mass of sweetly flavored white or red pulp that has a taste reminiscent of pear, kiwi and watermelon, and tiny black edible seeds.  Dragon fruit are popularly eaten chilled. It is also used to flavor drinks and pastries. Unopened flowerbuds are cooked and eaten as vegetables. The fruit contains plenty of vitamin C and soluble fibre that is beneficial to a healthy diet. It is also rich in phytoalbumins which are highly valued for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent the formation of cancer causing free radicals. 

3 Responses to “Dragon Fruit (Strawberry Pear)”

  1. Liew Says:

    is the flesh pink or white ?

  2. kl Says:

    Both white and red flesh are available.
    More info can be found from the website on ‘ Pitaya Plant’ :
    There are three types of Dragon fruit, the ‘White Pitaya’, the ‘Red Pitaya’ and the ‘Golden Pitaya’. Pitaya (red-flesh) crop was first introduced to Sarawak in the late 2000. The crop was brought in by Mr. Lee Whung Thai from Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan.

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