ExoticFruitsUK Dragon Fruit / Pitaya - Red
ExoticFruitsUK Dragon Fruit / Pitaya - Red
ExoticFruitsUK Dragon Fruit / Pitaya - Red
ExoticFruitsUK Dragon Fruit / Pitaya - Red
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Dragon Fruit / Pitaya - Red

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Origin - Thailand 🇹🇭
Class - Cat 1 
Average weight - 390 grams

Introduction

The dragon fruit is actually a species of cactus which is indigenous to the Americas. It is classified within the broad category of pitaya or pitahaya which also belong to the family Cactaceae. Dragon fruits are a distinct category of pitaya known as the sweet pitaya and they are different compared to sour pitaya variety both in taste and in texture. Sweet pitaya come in three types known as white-fleshed pitaya, red-fleshed pitaya and yellow pitaya. The red-fleshed pitaya is the rarest variety of all pitaya varieties.

 

History

The red-fleshed pitaya (Hylocereus costaricensis) is native in the western coast of South America and in particular in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru. However, as its popularity increased, the red-fleshed pitaya is now cultured in many tropical and subtropical regions.

Regions

Red-fleshed pitaya is native in South America but nowadays it can be found growing in Florida, South California, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan to name a few.


Flavours & Texture

Red-fleshed pitaya is refreshing although not as sweet as the white-fleshed variety, and has a mild acidity. The pulp has the texture of a kiwi fruit, with small, black edible seeds throughout. The red colour of the flesh is the result of a compound present in the called betacyanin, which is the same pigment present in beets and prickly pear fruit.


Preparation

Slice it in half and then scoop out the slightly firm flesh with a spoon and eat it right out of the shell, or carefully use a sharp spoon to cut and remove the flesh from the skin. Then slice or cut it any way you like. You can use it in order to prepare smoothies, jams or you add it in green or fruit salads.


Nutritional Value

The red fleshed pitaya has a great nutritional value as it is rich in protein and antioxidants and it has zero fats. 

Calories per 100g

99 kcal

Fats

0

Carbohydrates

9 g

Fiber

0 g

Protein

2 g

Sodium

60 mg

Potassium

436 mg

Vitamin A

133% of the RDI

Vitamin C

10% of the RDI

Calcium

8% of the RDI

Iron

8% of the RDI