So, I first started buying Dragon fruit, also known as “pitaya,” to decorate my home. Seriously, if you put three of them in a row, they look like beautiful dragon eggs à la Game of Thrones, my favorite TV show of all time. They’re so perfect as decoration that at first I was too intimidated to figure out how to eat them. However, I conquered my fears and learned how to really enjoy this magical fruit. And it was so incredibly easy that I want to share with you my Dragon Fruit / Mango / Grapefruit / Banana Smoothie! Super easy, super yummy, and filled with superfruit for your superwoman lifestyle.
Where to buy? Originally a tropical fruit of South America and Asia, dragon fruit is available at every fruit stand here in Shanghai, but they are also widely available in the U.S. at Asian markets! There are ones with white centers, and ones with hot-pink centers; mine here have the white centers which are less sweet. Dragon fruit is a superfruit because of a slew of health benefits: high in iron, calcium, vitamins B & C, dietary fiber, and anti-aging antioxidants. Besides keeping your immune system in shape, dragon fruit is also known to help with weight loss. It’s low-calorie and filling but packed with good carbs and proteins.
This might come as a surprise, but you can also add dragon fruit to your beauty routine. I’m loyal to my products from Sephora, but sometimes it’s fun to get down to basics with the natural stuff. My hairstylist recommends using the juice as a pre-shampoo conditioner for color-treated hair to extend my color. Leave in for 15 minutes on the scalp before shampooing your hair. Many wise women also mix dragon fruit with oatmeal, honey, or yogurt into a facial mask. Dragon fruit, like aloe, has essential vitamins that soothe sunburnt skin when rubbed on. After my beach days this summer, I will definitely be trying out this beauty secret!
For now, join me in toasting to the wondrous dragon fruit in tropical smoothie form. Cut the dragon fruit in half lengthwise, top to bottom. Take a spoon and sift the meat right out. Dice into cubes. For entertaining, put the cubes right back into the halved shell as I did above, for some pretty mini-fruit bowls. Since this was my post-workout drink, I blended 1 diced up dragon fruit with 2 bananas, a mango, and some grapefruit slices. Blend with ice for a super frosty treat. Instant tropical vacation!
I use the Vitamix Professional Series 500 Blender but there’s also the new Vitamix 5300 compact model that fits under your cabinet. You can’t go wrong with the Brushed Stainless Steel color option! It’s a world apart from other blenders if you like to pulverize harder seeds and nuts into your smoothies, and the Vitamix even makes hot soups for dinner. Sounds like a future post… Let us know what other fabulous uses you find for your dragon fruit!