Saturday, November 10, 2007

Dragon Fruit

I received this in my email and thought I'd share it. Dragon fruit is one of my girl's favourite fruit, but then, all fruits are her favourite as well. Haha. She can have fruit salads for her meals.

Unknown findings.. just for sharing

Also known as the Dragon Fruit, the Pitaya is a stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense colour and shape, magnificent flowers and a delicious taste. The fruit, apart from being refreshing and tasty, contains a lot of water and minerals with many different nutritious ingredients.

It tastes light sweet and it's good for liver, laxative, supplementing fiber
and very suitable for diet.

Besides, dragon fruit is also good for person who has a high blood pressure. According to popular experience, an obese person who eats dragon fruit regularly can reduce his/her weight naturally and have a beautiful balanced body but it does not influence his/her health. Moreover, eating this fruit can stop and reduce diabetes. Hence, dragon fruit is a favourite fruit of many people especially Asian customers.

Benefits of eating the Dragon Fruit

1. Enhance the body metabolism (Protein)
2. Improve digestion (Fiber)
3. Reduce Fat (Fiber)
4. Improve memory (Carotene)
5. Maintain the health of the eyes (Carotene)
6. Strengthen bones and teeth development (Calcium)
7. Tissue development (Phosphorus)
8. Help to metabolize carbohydrates and produce energy (Vitamin B1)
9. Improve appetite (Vitamin B2)
10. Moisturize and smoothen skin and decrease bad cholesterol level (Vitamin B3)
11. Improves the immune system and promotes healing of cuts and bruises (Vitamin C)


How to Select and Store
They should be full-coloured and free of mouldy spots.
Dragon Fruit should be refrigerated, unwashed, for up to 5 days. Serve chilled.

Recipe Of The Month:

Dragon Fruit Pizza

Ingredients needed :

1 package of ready to use pre-prepared sugar cookie dough
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 dragon fruit, peeled and sliced
3 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 cup strawberries, hulled and cut in half
1/4 cup apricot glaze

Roll out cookie dough into a 12 inch round.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Allow to cool completely.
Meanwhile, prepare fruit by washing and slicing it into 1/4 inch slices.
Cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon juice.
When the crust is cool, top with the cream cheese mixture.
Lay fruit in a circle on top of the cream cheese mixture.
Spread apricot glaze over fruit.
Chill until ready to serve.


Little Corner of Mine said...

Wah, so good ah, need to buy me some Dragon fruit if I see it. I have yet to try one. Not sure whether here got sell or not? Never paid attention. :P

HK Choo said...

wah, your sentence on that "popular experience" really make my eyes go so BIG...gonna get that by the dozens d, hahah.. so now you convinced that i've got layers of fat?!? :P

Peony said...

wah, me also now gonna buy this weight-reducing fruit, haahaa

singairishgirl said...

little corner of mine - Oh, have a look next time you visit the Asian store or supermarket.

hk choo - I am so not convinced ok?!

peony - Ya, haha, me too. Lol. I don't usually eat it as it is tasteless but when it's in season it is actually sweet. I know from sneaking little pieces while slicing them out for little one.

Jori said...

Never, in my whole life, have I ever seen such a fruit. I like to think that I am very aware of 'new and unique' things, so thank you for introducting me to something new! (Trust me, from the size I am, you know I like my food...;o) )
Now to see if I can ever find that here in Canada. Probably doesn't ship well??

singairishgirl said...

jori - Haha, I believe this fruit is native to Vietnam. We get them every day now, I guess they aren't seasonal fruits. Only occasionally you get the red meat ones which I think are from Malaysia. I do not think that they do not ship well. They are quite hardy and the flesh reminds one of kiwi fruits from New Zealand except that they are white, although the skin is many times more tough. Maybe they just haven't made it to where you are.

HK Choo said...

peony, we go shopping for this miracle fruit together-gether ya?!? deb, the slimming effect one comes from white flesh type or red pittaya, or both? need to check before i consume the wrong type and end up with reverse effect, heheheh..

singairishgirl said...

hkchoo - Lol. I don't know which is the slimming one. I guess both.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Lovely dish! We get dragonfruit at the asian market here, but it looked like it's been sitting there for awhile. Must remember to have some dragonfruit next time I'm in Singapore. ;)

Sean McGoldrick said...

I saw this for the first time today in the supermarket. It really is an amazing looking fruit. It's very eye-catching and just looks completely different to anything else.

I bought one (just one because they're pretty expensive) and took it home with me. I haven't eaten it yet but I'm looking forward to that.

I've also read that it's pretty easy to grow them from seeds although they do grow slowly. I'm going to save some seeds and give it a go.

singairishgirl said...

Hi Sean, thanks for popping by, wow, congrats on spying them in the supermarket. Well, I guess one fruit is enough to just try out for the first time. No point buying more than one if you haven't tried it. I'm not sure of the season so it can either be bland or sweet. See if you like it first before splurging on more. :) Oh yes, that'd be interesting to try growing them. Good luck! :)

panda said...

...I am new comer so ..peace guys
I read message that dragon fruit native to Vietnam .. it's wrong..she is native Mexico desert .. in my plantation at Bati Bati south Kalimantan/Borneo she is growing well
all season ..I think mine is better than Malaysia ... If you have a plan to go to Indonesia ..please visit my plantation ... area is 2 ha up
who knows..everything could be happen