Dragon fruit is low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds such as polyphenols, carotenoids (immune boosting!) and betacyanins.
It contains the antioxidants vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene and betalain. Studies have linked diets high in antioxidants to a reduced risk of chronic disease. It also offers 7 grams of fiber per serving, making it an excellent choice for meeting your daily fiber needs.
Dragon Fruit is also an awesome source of magnesium, a nutrient needed for over 600 biochemical reactions in your body. The fruit supplies iron along with vitamin C, a combination that may improve your body’s absorption of this important mineral. | Source: HealthLine.com
Grow Your Own!
The tropical white-fleshed Vietnamese Jaina Dragon Fruit is a most excellent variety of the fruiting cactus vine. It has great drought, pest, disease, sun and shade tolerance and exceptional flavor. It will grow great in a container and/or on a trellis. The fruits are oval in shape, and on average weigh almost one pound and are five inches in length.
This vining cactus plant comes from the family of 'moonlight cacti' indigenous to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Many of the cacti in this family have flowers that only bloom at nighttime, activated by the moon's light.
White Dragon Fruit, commonly referred to as Pitaya or Pitahaya, features an impressive white night-blooming flower and large exotic looking bright yellow fruit. It's beloved by pollinators and easy to grow if you have the space for it to climb!