FreshTrends - Dragon Fruit, The Cactus Pulp

Trends keep coming and going. Some have a way of shining for long and some come in and shine with the shining. After a long time of matcha tea having reigned over food trends, it’s time for another to make its way. None other than the most unusually beautiful looking; the deep pink with flamboyant frills of haphazard fins; the one with the white (sometimes a brilliant fuchsia) pulp, dotted beautifully with a spread of tiny black seeds...

Move over, matcha, the dragon fruit is here! (Cue dramatic music)

 

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Dragon fruit, also called pitaya, has been quite popular amongst people in 2017, not only because of its beautiful appearance (that most of the times ends up on YouTube videos, or Instagram pics), but also immensely because of its health benefits. Its ability to help maintain and lose weight and its anti-aging properties have made it somewhat of a celebrity.

 

Fruitful Dragon

Here are some of the benefits you can reap from a dragon fruit:

Phyto-nutrients: Helps in fighting diseases and improving body immunity.

Antioxidants: Helps in keeping the skin fresh and youthful.

Fibrous: The pulpiness of a dragon fruit improves your body’s digestive system.

Low Calories: Helps in weight loss.

 

Delicious ways to try the Dragon

Here are 3 ways in which you can use dragon fruit as an ingredient in your everyday food recipe:

Dragon Cake

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Add a little pulpy goodness of the dragon fruit by using it in your cake icing. You could blend and whip the fruit in your icing mixture and use it to adorn your cake. Diced pieces of the fruit can make a perfect cherry (or rather, dragon) on the top for your cake as well.

 

Dragon Smoothie

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It is a great way to add freshness to your mornings. Blend one dragon fruit, half a cup of vanilla yogurt and milk, two teaspoons of honey, a pinch of cinnamon and a cup of ice. You are good to go!

 

Dragon Salad

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You can make a deliciously fresh fruit salad with a dragon fruit. Just cut some fruits you like and toss them together in a bowl and.... Well you get the drift… viola, there you have it! A perfect way to add a little freshness to your day.

 

Dragon fruit is one fruit you must try out. It’s wonderful, it’s delicious and adds freshness to your everyday routine. Go ahead, pulp it out!

 

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