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Because of the multiple scales on the outside of it, dragon fruit was originally known as pitaya. This night-flowering cactus plant is also known as strawberry pear, mood flower, skogkaktus, pa-ni-ni, ...

Because of the multiple scales on the outside of it, dragon fruit was originally known as pitaya. This night-flowering cactus plant is also known as strawberry pear, mood flower, skogkaktus, pa-ni-ni, catobarse and long gou. Originating in Mexico and South America, this fruit is now also grown commercially in Asia. There are a few different varieties of dragon fruit. While some are dark pink, others are yellow or white. They have a taste similar to that of kiwi fruit, pear and watermelon. Health benefits of this unusual fruit range from improving memory to boosting the body's metabolism.

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  • Because of the multiple scales on the outside of it, dragon fruit was originally known aspitaya. This night-flowering cactus plant is also known as strawberry pear, mood flower,skogkaktus, pa-ni-ni, catobarse and long gou. Originating in Mexico and South America,this fruit is now also grown commercially in Asia. There are a few different varieties ofdragon fruit. While some are dark pink, others are yellow or white. They have a tastesimilar to that of kiwi fruit, pear and watermelon. Health benefits of this unusual fruitrange from improving memory to boosting the bodys metabolism.
  • Because of its ability to lower blood glucose levels naturally, those suffering fromdiabetes can also benefit from eating dragon fruit. Its high protein content makes itbeneficial for those needing to boost metabolism. Its Calcium content enables it to assistwith strengthening teeth and bones naturally. Having a high fiber content, it is ideal forthose suffering from constipation or irregular bowel movements. It possesses naturalskin moisturizing properties.Dragon fruit is also known to be a natural appetite stimulant, making it a good choice foranyone recovering from a loss of appetite after illness. It is an excellent antioxidant,which helps prevent the spread of free radicals within the body. It is able to lowercholesterol levels and high blood pressure naturally. It has also been shown to helpthose suffering from respiratory infections and asthma.Besides calcium, this spiky fruit contains a host of other nutrients such as Vitamin C,Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), carotene, phosphorus, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), iron, protein,Vitamin B3 (Niacin), carbohydrates, fiber and Vitamin C. It contains a small amount ofash and is approximately 83% moisture.The Vitamin C in dragon fruit enables it to help build the immune system and healbruises and cuts naturally. It also acts as a natural detoxing agent, because it is able tohelp the body neutralize substances like heavy metals.This versatile fruit can be served whole, in salads, on homemade pizza and as abeverage if squeezed. It can also be used to make spreads, jams and preserves.