Dragon Fruit in Demand

Press and Grind Pink Dragon

The new pink drink is adding lots of green to coffee shops everywhere.

What is Dragon Fruit?

Dragon Fruit, also known as Pitaya, is the newest exotic fruit trending in smoothies, juices and cocktails.

Health-conscious consumers are driving sales of this heart-healthy fruit of the hylocereus cactus. With a mild flavor, described as a cross between a strawberry and a pear, pitaya fights inflammation and bad cholesterol, adds fiber and a bright fuchsia color to any smoothie. It’s loaded with heart healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. What’s more, dragon fruit seeds have been shown to regulate blood glucose levels, aiding in the management and prevention of type 2 diabetes. defeatdiabetes.org

Giving Back

Press and Grind Pink Dragon
Press and Grind Pink Dragon

In Fort Lauderdale, Press and Grind Café’s Pink Dragon smoothie, made with pitaya, banana, mango, strawberry and coconut water, is a top seller, loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. Owner, Joe Sloboda, says people love the whole fruit pitaya and other organic ingredients. Plus, he is donating $2.00 towards Stand Up 2 Cancer for every Pink Dragon sold in October.    @pressandgrindcafe

Bistro Cafe Mango Dragon Fruit Margarita
Bistro Cafe Mango Dragon Fruit Margarita

A Dragon Fruit topped margarita is what people are craving at downtown Miami’s Bistro Café. This frozen beverage is a hot seller,  adorned with edible flowers and an added kick from tequila. @bistrocaferest

Where to find it?

So how can you add this heart healthy, colorful fruit to your diet? You can find fresh dragon fruit at any gourmet grocery store, or you can add this convenient pitaya powder packed with nutrients, to your favorite yogurt, chia pudding or smoothie.

Pink-Pitaya-Dragron-Fruti-Powder
Pink-Pitaya-Dragron-Fruti-Powder.
Pink Pitaya Cupcake- Suncore Foods
Photo courtesy: Suncore Foods

 

 
Monin-Dragon-Fruit-Syrup
Monin-Dragon-Fruit-Syrup

Create brightly colored lemonade or cocktails with Monin Gourmet Flavorings new Dragon Fruit Syrup. It adds flavor similar to kiwi and pear with subtle notes of strawberry.

Dragon Fruit- Pitaya
Dragon Fruit- Pitaya

No matter where you go you are sure to find this bright pink fruit on the menu. And at home, you can easily add dragon fruit to your smoothie, chia pudding or top your oatmeal with this healthy, colorful and exotic fruit. Find more dragon fruit recipes here yummly.com

 

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