You've seen this weird little fruit before. It's "instafamous" and mysterious, the perfect fruit to pose for an Instagram photo or turn a smoothie hot pink. But what is dragon fruit? Is it actually a fruit...or something else?
We're here to uncover the mysteries of this magical, slightly strange fruit of the year:
What is dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit is also called "pitaya" and comes from the cactus family. It is an actual fruit grown in Central and South America as well as some Southeast Asian countries. Dragon fruit has a crunchy texture and a slightly sweet (think kiwi or pear) flavor. The fruits can have a white flesh (like the one pictured above) or hot pink flesh. The outer skin is bitter and discarded before consumption.
Is dragon fruit good for me?
YES! Like many strange fruits, this one is full of antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, and good fatty acids. While it does contain fructose, it does not contain complex carbohydrates making it easier for your body to break it down and process.
How do I eat it?
First, remember that the inside flesh is the part to consume. Don't eat the skin! While it's not harmful, it is very bitter and will be quite off-putting, especially if this is your first go-around with the fruit. Depending on how you like to consumer fruits, the way you incorporate dragon fruit into your diet is up to you!
Many popular Instagrammers snap photos of their hot pink smoothie bowls, which consist of red fleshed dragon fruit blended with other berries. You'll also see salads and bowls with the white fleshed fruit cubed and combined with other tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and pineapple.
The flavor of dragon fruit is quite mild, which makes it the perfect pairing for an exotic smoothie or breakfast bowl. Use your imagination and come up with your own creative ways to bring a taste of the exotic into your kitchen.