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What is dragon fruit?

Dragon fruit grows on the Hylocereus cactus, also known as the Honolulu queen. Whose flowers only open at night.

The plant is native to southern Mexico and Central America. Today, it is grown all over the world.

It goes by many names, including pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear UFABET 

The two most common types have bright red skin with green scales that resemble a dragon — hence the name.

The most widely available variety has white pulp with black seeds. Though a less common type with red pulp and black seeds exists as well.

Another variety — referred to as yellow dragon fruit has yellow skin and white pulp with black seeds.

Dragon fruit may look exotic, but its flavors are similar to other fruits. Its taste has been described as a slightly sweet cross between a kiwi and a pear.

Dragon fruit contains several types of Antioxidants.

These are compounds that protect your cells from unstable molecules called free radicals. Which are linked to chronic diseases and aging.

These are some of the main antioxidants contained :

  • Betalains: Found in the pulp of red dragon fruit, these deep red pigments have been shown to significantly reduce total cholesterol, LDL, and other health risk factor markers.
  • Hydroxycinnamates: This group of compounds has demonstrated anticancer activity in test-tube and animal studies.
  • Flavonoids: This large, diverse group of antioxidants is linked to better brain health and a reduced risk of heart disease.