WHAT IS PINK PITAYA?
The dragon fruit, also known as Pitaya is not produced by a tree but from a fruit-bearing type of cacti; native to Central and South America. Because it has only risen in popularity very recently, the dragon fruit is still regarded as exotic in many parts of the world.
Here are some fun facts about this one-of-a-kind fruit:
- The best time to pick dragon fruits is when they are mature, as they are at their height of sweetness. Mature fruits that are not harvested will continue to grow larger but not sweeter.
- The cactus flower that produces dragon fruit survives only a single night. It blooms in the evening, ready for pollination by bats and moths, and wilts the very next day. The pollination period is very brief, however, is sufficient for the plant to bear fruits.
- The seeds inside the dragon fruit contain protein as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
- Despite its unusual appearance, the dragon fruit is similar to most fruits because it contains several nutrients that are good for the body. These include B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C; iron, calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants.