Behold the Dragon-Fruit!
I don’t know too many who don’t love the hydrating, harmonizing and sweet benefits of fruit.
As we recently welcomed the equinox and bid farewell to local summer foods, there is one fruit that I had the pleasure of meeting late summer at the Asian market. It’s appearance alone was intriguing enough to want to touch it and merge with its energy field. Although, dragon fruit is not locally sourced, it’s worth incorporating into the diet when it is available during late summer months. It is the one of the most visually intense fruits I have ever encountered. With it’s hot pink skin and scales, hundreds of deeply speckled seeds (a healthy source of mono-unsaturated fats and proteins), and sweet, sour and crisp inner core, it’s a fruit that demands attention and chances are if you have at least passed it by, you would be compelled to take a closer look.
“The dragon fruit has a dramatic appearance, bright pink or yellow skinned (from Columbia) with green coloured spine-like scales. The scales turn yellow as the fruit ripens while the skin peels easily.” Dragon fruit, also known as “pitaya”, “Moonflower” and “Lady of the Night” is so unique that her flowers only bloom for one night, yet she produces her fruit 4-6 times a year.
As with any and all foods that we are intuitively led to, once we honor the connection, we quickly learn why we need it in our food life, at least for a time. This is the dynamic with food that I have talked about in prior blogs. It is this understanding about food, their own energetic vibrations and consciousness that we can benefit from by being more in tune with ourselves and nature. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and knew that once I brought it home it would reveal to me all her wonders and beauty. And I was not the least bit disappointed.
Externally loud, dragon fruit is actually a very mild fruit, and what has been considered a cross between a kiwi and a watermelon. However, it does have a personality, a temperament, flavor and identity of it’s own. Dragon fruit is a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, two immune enhancers that will help us brave the colder months. It is also fiber rich and compliments many other fruits for compotes, sorbets, and pastries. It can also be enjoyed in a smoothie or eaten as the individual that it is.
Not only is she a rare cactus fruit, she aids in digestion, helps with eye problems, hypertension, as well as with stomach and endocrine dis-eases. Enough reason to… Behold, the Dragonfruit!