Other names: Dragon Fruit, Pithaya.
Intro: The fruit of a cactus.
History: Originates from Central and South
Weight/size: Typically weighs around 150-600g
and is about 150mm long.
Colour: Fruits are brightly coloured and
have a pink and green skin, which is unique in appearance. The pulp is
white or a vivid red and contains many small black edible seeds, which
add an appealing crunch.
Taste: The flesh is sweet and refreshing
with a slightly acidic melon-like flavour.
Buying/storage: Best eaten ripe. A pitaya
should give a little when gently squeezed. The fruit can be stored in
the refrigerator for up to three days.
Preparing/serving: Best eaten chilled and
sprinkled with lemon or lime juice to enhance the flavour. Cut in half
lengthways then scoop out flesh. May be cut to suit needs. Highly decorative
on a fruit platter or as a garnish. The shell of the fruit can be used
as an unusual serving dish.
Variety: Yellow with white flesh, red with
white flesh or red fleshed.
Nutrition: Rich in Vitamin C and dietary