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Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit from the cactus family, that offers many health benefits. Dragon fruit trees not only add beauty to your garden but also bear tasty fruits. The blooms of the dragon fruit plant are as exotic as the fruit. They are one of the largest flowers with a surreal fragrance. The flowers bloom only for a night, each year and hence dragon fruit is also known as the "Belle of the Night" and the "Night Blooming Cereus". The plant grows faster during the hot summer months. It blooms between July - October. Once you grow a dragon fruit plant, you can enjoy juicy dragon fruits for 20 to 30 years.

How To Grow Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit plant is a climber and needs some support. It grows well in places with a hot and humid climate.

  • The plant grows well in soil with acidic nature. It prefers soil with a pH of 6 to 7. Sandy soil is preferable for growing dragon fruit plants. However, if you cannot find sandy soil, ensure that the soil is well-draining to protect the roots from rotting.
  • Always choose large pots or containers for growing dragon fruit plants. Pick pots with a minimum capacity of 15 gallons. Ensure that the pots have a proper drainage system.
  • You have to feed the dragon fruit plant once every month during the growing season. You can stop feeding the plant entirely during the winters.
  • Dragon fruit is a cactus and needs proper watering to ensure proper growth and flowering. Water the plant only when the topsoil is dry. Always see to it that the soil is moist.
  • The plant requires proper sunlight to bloom well. Place it in an area that receives ample sunlight. Maintain the temperature between 16 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius for optimum growth of the plant.

Nutritional Information

  • Dragon fruit is a nutrient-rich food that contains a decent amount of proteins, and several vitamins and minerals.
  • The fruit is a good source of magnesium and fiber.
  • It has a very low-calorie count as 100 grams of fruit contains only 60 calories.
  • It does not contain any fat
  • Apart from magnesium, it also contains Iron, Vitamin B, and Vitamin C
  • The fruit is also high in antioxidants such as Betalains, Hydroxycinnamates, and Flavonoids

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit provides numerous health benefits due to the presence of several nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber.

  • Reduces insulin resistance, and hence beneficial for diabetics
  • The prebiotic fiber in the fruit promotes the growth of helpful gut bacteria and increases metabolism
  • Causes beneficial changes in gut bacteria and reduces inflammation and liver fat
  • Contains fewer calories, low sugars, and no fats, hence good for weight loss
  • Improves heart health as it reduces the level of bad cholesterol
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of dragon fruit benefits people suffering from arthritis
  • Boosts memory
  • Improves eyesight
  • Strengthens bones
  • Moisturizes the skin and helps cure sunburn and acne

How to Use

  • You can cut the fruit and scoop out the pulp to eat it as it is or with a seasoning of lime juice.
  • You can make a smoothie with the sweet and creamy pulp.
  • Add taste to your cocktails and mocktails with fresh and juicy dragon fruit juice.
  • Add the pulp to your vegetable or fruit salads to give them an interesting twist
  • Make a jam with dragon fruit and spread it on your Bread or Rotis
  • You can make Parfaits, Sorbets, Flavoured Yoghurt, Salsa, The list is endless.