Common Name: Dragon Fruit
Botanical Name: Hylocereus undatus
Habitat: Native to Southeast Asia
General: Dragon fruit is widely cultivate throughout tropical and subtropical regions and has recently been introduced into the U.S. by some exotic fruit growers. The plant is actually a type of cactus with a vine-like growth with fragrant flowers which blossom at night. The fruit is particularly colorful, showy and very exotic in appearance. The fruit flesh is mildly sweet and often eaten whole for desserts.
Nutritional Information: Dragon fruit also happens to be a nutritional powerhouse. The fruit is high in vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous. Research also shows that it is high in betalains and phenols. The fruit is also high in oligosaccharides, a type of sugar with prebiotic properties valuable for intestinal health. The small black seeds in the fruit are high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids