A pitaya or most commonly called as dragon fruit is getting prominent in Philippine market. Dragon fruit is interesting looking fruit that is grown in Southeast Asia, Israel, Mexico, Central and South America. It has a light sweet taste and soft, with a flavor that’s like a cross between kiwi and pear.
The plant is actually a type of cactus, and its fruit comes in three varieties, with leathery leafy skin:
Pitaya blanca or white-fleshed pitaya has red-skinned fruit with white flesh. This is the most commonly seen dragon fruit.
Pitaya roja or red-fleshed pitaya has red-skinned fruit with with red flesh.
The fruit can be eaten by spooning out the flesh or in slices. You can cut the fruit quite easily straight down the middle with a sharp knife. After which you can spoon out the flesh, or if you want, you can slice again into smaller pieces just like how you would do when eating watermelon. The skin of dragon fruit is not edible.
Health benefits of dragon Fruit have a surprising number of phytonutrients. Rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value), polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Usually, the costs of dragon fruit is ranging from Php100 – 150 per kilo in local market.