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Pink Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)


July 30, 2023 By: Bunnie's Kitchen


 



Nature- Fruit, Cactus : Pink Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Image
  • Species: Costaricensis

  • Genus: Selenicereus (Hylocereus)

  • Family: Cactaceae

  • Other Names: Pitahaya








Nature - Fruit, Cactus








Nutrition


Nutrients consists of:

  1. ANTIOXIDANTS- (betacyanins and betaxanthins)

  • Betalains

  • Hydroxycinnamates

  • Flavanoids

  1. VITAMIN A, B, C,

  2. FIBER / FIBRE

  3. IRON

  4. MAGNESIUM

  5. PROTEIN

  6. CALCIUM

  7. PREBIOTIC

  8. PHOSPHOROUS

  9. ZINC




Benefits


Pink Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) offers joyful benefits of promoting digestion, strengthens the immune system, and hydrates the body. Results can range from cells restoring itself from damage to decreasing inflammation. Helps control of glucose & sugar in blood pressure. Great source of beneficial bacteria in metabolism activity. Improves bacteria in the intestines (gut) as a superfood. Antioxidants in dragon fruit can promote healing in acne prone skin health. In addition, the tiny black seeds are edible. Pitaya is fat free! In addition, another known name is "Pitahaya".





Environment


Dragon Fruit is native grown in Tropical climates:


- Asia

- Mexico

- Central America

-South America

- Israel

- Australia

-South USA




Entertaining Information


  • Dragon Fruit originated from appearance of the spikes resembling fire and the (Bracteole) green scales of a dragon.

  • Dragon Fruit flower petals bloom at night.

  • Four different variations of Dragon Fruit.

  • Pitaya colors: red skin with white flesh, red skin with magenta/ hot pink red flesh, red skin with purple flesh, and yellow skin with white flesh.

  • "Berry" controversial.

  • Production: natural coloring dyes, health powder, and desserts.

  • Recipes: Fruit Salad, Smoothie/ Bowl, Raw, Fruit Water, Pie

"Strawberry Pear Super Fruit"


Garden Tips


Growth of the Dragon Fruit Cactus plant can range in height 15-20 feet. Life span averages 20 years. Considered a summer fruit that is drought resistant. Cactus plant requires little water. Unripened green skin with thorns becomes ripe when turning pink. Trellis or tower to hold up cactus.


Full Sun - 6 hours

2-8 Years To Produce Crops

Temperature: 60 - 95 ° F

Well Drained Sandy Soil




Anatomy


Pink Skin with Green Spikes

Magenta / Red / Hot Pink Flesh

Black Seeds

Vine Growth

3 Layers -

  • Pericarp

  1. Endocarp

  2. Mesocarp

  3. Exocarp



Diagram


Pink Dragon Fruit Pitaya Nature Bunnie's Kitchen Anatomy Diagram



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