What is Pitaya?

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In the United States, pitaya – also known as dragon fruit – has gone under the radar compared to other healthy fruits. Sure, you likely haven’t even heard of this fruit.It shouldn’t go unnoticed, though. This tropical and exotic fruit has an intriguing, intimidating and mysterious name and appearance. But, its highly nutritious and boasts an array of health benefits. Thanks to the fact that pitaya is an ingredient in some of our blends, your baby can and will reap its powers.

The most common form of dragon fruit is red and smaller than a cantaloupe. A type of cactus, it is covered with distinct spiky growths, instead of leaves with yellow-green tips that look like reptile scales. It looks like a dragon, hence its mythical and ferocious name. Due to its leathery covering, only a little more than half of the fruit is edible. When cut open, the common form of the fruit has a white-colored flesh and tiny, edible black seeds throughout, like a kiwi. Depending on the species, it can taste mildly sweet, sour and juicy. It tastes subtle and delicate, without being too intense on its own. Some say it tastes like a melon. Others say it tastes like a cross between a pear, kiwi and watermelon.

Health benefits

The fruit is rich in vitamin C and doesn’t have cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fats. So, it can help manage blood pressure, control cholesterol levels, strengthen the immune system and promote faster healing of wounds and bruises. Pretty amazing for a cactus fruit!

For those with male munchkins, lycopene (responsible for the red color in dragon fruit) has been linked to lower prostate cancer risk.

It offers filling-fiber. Fiber moves food through the digestive track, bulking stool and helping prevent constipation. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels and prevents sugar spikes, too. You’ll find minerals like calcium for stronger bones and muscle function. Iron promotes healthy blood and helps carry oxygen through the body. And its phosphorus helps with tissue formation.

A bonus side effect for mamas is its skin tightening and firming properties. Not many people can say their baby’s food is good for anti-aging! Our yummy Babyblend with pitaya pineapple spinach banana coconut oil is the perfect way to give this fruit a try. 

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